Bishop to parents: Don’t pass Holy Week vows to kids

AN OFFICIAL of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) appealed Wednesday to parents, who have been practicing their Holy Week vows for the past years, not to pass them on to their children.

In an interview, CBCP–Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY) Chairman Bishop Joel Baylon said it is not right for parents to insist that their children continue their vows with God as the reason.

“They should not (pass it on) since their supposed vow with God was made by them and not by their kids,” said Baylon.

He made the testimony as he noted that there are parents who insist that their children continue their vows such as having themselves crucified and/or to do self-flagellation.

Others insist on the practice saying it has been a long practice by their clan that goes down deep into several generations.

In the first place, the bishop said, their supposed vow was not even approved by Christ as well as the Catholic Church.

“Bakit, sumang-ayon ba ang Panginoon sa panata mong iyun?... I don’t think the Lord wants that. Suffering must be internal and deeply personal,” said the Legazpi prelate.

He also reiterated that while the CBCP does not condemn such practices, it is something they will never advertise.

“We don’t even have to to that sacrifice kasi ginawa na ng Panginoon yun e. Hindi na natin magagaya yun. Ginawa na ni Lord yun so hayaan na natin Siyang gumawa nun,” stressed Baylon.

During Good Fridays in the Philippines, there are devotees who do self-flagellation and have themselves nailed to the cross, much like what happened to Christ, as their way of expressing penance.

But for the Church, what remains as the most important part of the Holy Week observance is the internal change it would partake on the faithful.

“There are other forms of sacrifice and suffering that would lead to real conversion. Yun naman kasi ang importante,” said Baylon. (HDT/Sunnex)

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