Was the CCP Poleteismo exhibit condemned by the bishops shown before in Loyola House of Studies?

Update: Loyola House of Studies denies showing controversial works of Mideo Cruz at 2007 Tutok Nexus Exhibit

From the Business World:

Since the controversy over Poleteismo exploded, the CCP’s Visual Arts Unit has been fielding calls from people requesting that Kulo be shut down. “The CCP will not be party to any censorship or suppression. Let it be a point of discussion,” said Ms. Flores, adding that she has seen works at the CCP that were “really, really, really more provocative and disturbing.” (Jose Legaspi’s installation in the Small Gallery, for example, which included a modified Pieta showing the Virgin Mother vomiting on the dead Christ.)

Poleteismo is an old piece first shown in 2002 at the Vargas Museum of the University of the Philippines. Mr. Cruz wasn’t thinking of the Reproductive Health Bill when he conceived Poleteismo nine years ago.

Versions of the installation have been exhibited elsewhere, most notably in 2007 in the lobby of the Loyola House of Studies (LHS) — a seminary inside the campus of the Ateneo de Manila University — as part of Tutok: Nexus, a group exhibit organized in cooperation with Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB), “an association of religious priests, seminarians and lay people committed to the service of the Filipino Church and the Filipino nation.”

If Catholic clergymen had kept quiet, if Archbishop Oscar Cruz hadn’t called the exhibit “sickening,” if he hadn’t called the artist “sick,” if he hadn’t advised the artist to see a psychiatrist, if he hadn’t implied that the artist’s sexuality was abnormal, if Bishop Deogracias Iniguez hadn’t called for a boycott, then Mideo Cruz’s Poleteismo could have gone unnoticed by the larger public.

When they find it in one of the alcoves of the Main Gallery, they will see multicolored plastic piggy banks stuffed inside a case usually reserved for religious statues; and Christ the King with a bright red clown nose, his right hand replaced by a Mickey Mouse glove, and his head crowned with Mickey Mouse ears made from a Coke can.

Hanging behind a divider is a cross with a bright red penis thrusting out from the vertical bar. And on the walls, a multimedia collage composed of a confusion of images and objects: there are ads, political paraphernalia from Fernando Poe Junior, Gilbert Teodoro, and Barack Obama; there are religious posters of Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary, and the Holy Family; there are handouts, pamphlets, and stickers; there are rosaries, penis ashtrays, crucifixes, condoms, and Christmas lights; there’s a lot of stuff.

“Thereís nothing there that you won’t see in Quiapo,” said Karen O. Flores, officer-in-charge of the CCP Visual Arts Unit.


CBCP Media Office to form a writers pool

I went to the CBCP media office in Intramuros last week after I received a mail from the Apologia yahoo group that the CBCP needs a writers pool.  I stopped the taxi at the corner of Real and Gen. Luna St., then walked.  I imagined myself walking in this road 150 years ago, with the guardia civil standing upright, the religious priests in black soutana, and ordinary foks wearing hankies and camisa chino for men and striped skirts for women.  It so different now: the streets are nearly empty.

I entered a narrow door and asked the guard where the CBCP media office is.  He asked me to turn left, then turn left again. It’s the second room. I asked him if I have to leave my ID, he said no.  So I left.

I don’t know how to interpret the guard’s directions.  I turned left and saw a stairs to my left going to the second floor.  This must be it, I said to myself.

I walked to the second room.  The door is partially open.  So I knocked and opened the door.  I asked where the CBCP media office is.

There were three ladies in front of typewriters–or maybe they are just writing on their desks.  A man approached me.

“I am Raymund,” he said.

“I am Quirino, a blogger,” I replied. “I heard that CBCP is forming a writers pool.”

“Yes,” he said.  “But there are very few responses.  There was one person who came before you.  We are very sorry.  I sent an email this morning announcing the cancellation of the event.”

“It did not reach me,” I said. “It’s ok.”

“We shall schedule the next meeting on June 7, at 2-5 pm.  We hope more will come,”  said Raymund. “We don’t need simply writers, but informed writers–writers who knows the Catholic Faith.  We need writers to expand the coverage of the CBCP monitor.”

“Is this a volunteer work or a paid job?” I asked.

“It would initially be a volunteer work, then later it would be a paid job” he replied.  “How old are you now?”

“I am already 35,” I said.

He smiled. “We are looking for someone in their 20’s. But Fr. […] definitely wishes to meet you all, such as bloggers like you.”

He took four issues of the CBCP monitor and gave them to me.

“Here, take these, so that your coming would not be in vain.”

He spotted an old man in barong in the courtyard beneath a row of trees.

“That is Bishop Oscar Cruz,” he said to me.  “You may speak with him to say hi.”

I thanked Raymund and hurried downstairs.  I approached Bishop Cruz, and took his right hand to my forehead–a custom taught by my father. (My father actually told me that I should kiss the bishops ring.)

“You have a sword with you,” he said.

“Yes, bishop,” and I brandished my yellow and black Don Bosco umbrella, a gift from a colleague at the Manila Observatory.  I rarely lose umbrellas; I only destroy them after weeks of swordfight with imaginary foes, in the manner of Kenshin Himura, Jumong, or Achilles.

“Where do you work?” he asked.

“I teach physics in Ateneo,” I replied.

“So you are a professor,” he said.

A large SUV stopped beside us to fetch Bishop Cruz.  I said goodbye and left.

Philippine Catholic bishops against 10-year marriage expiration proposal

MANILA, January 12, 2010—Filipino Catholic leaders have stood their ground against the proposal of a party-list group to legislate an expiration date to marriages. The proponents were reported to have said “a 10-year expiration on marriages would give couples the opportunity to review their relationship, and decide whether to continue or not with the union.”

CBCP President and Tandag Bishop Nereo P. Odchimar, a respected Canon lawyer said “Unity and indissolubility of marriage are values rooted in the bible and Christian tradition.”

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar V. Cruz, another expert in Canon Law and Chairman of the CBCP’s National Appellate Matrimonial Tribunal said the proposal is “some kind of desperate approach to right a wrong by something wrong.” “It is wrong for couples to separate and here comes a proposal for them to precisely separate,” he said. Interviewed by CBCPNews, the 75-year old prelate said “if those who propose temporary marriage are really serious about their proposal, they should think of its consequences.” He identified the most serious concerns is the emotional trauma on the children whose parents separate. Besides, “this will produce a lot more children and result into population explosion,” he quipped. He added a man who gets married at age 20 and decides not to renew his marriage with his wife can go on and on until he marries his sixth wife at age 70.

Prelature of Isabela (de Basilan) Bishop Martin S. Jumoad said he’s definitely against putting an expiration date on marriages. He said commitment, fidelity and respect are vital for one to have a strong family. He urged on Filipino couples to “stick to one.” He added putting an expiration date on solemnized marriages will “open more problems among their children.” If this happens, he foresees “Philippine society will become chaotic, more street children and more social problems.”

As far as Administrator Carmelita N. Ericta, who concurrently sits as Civil Registrar General, the proposal to put expiration on marriages in the Philippines is “contrary to the aspirations of the Filipino people as espoused in the 1987 Constitution, the family being the building block of society.” In an interview with CBCPNews, such measure would deprive children of stable family life. “Ang tinitinginan ng mga nagsusulong ng panukalang iyan ay convenience ng mag-asawa,” she explained. She added there are about 500,000 marriages solemnized annually with less than 10% getting annulled and reported to the National Statistics Office. (Melo M. Acuña)

Source: CBCP News