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.

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Ateneo Political Science Department seminar: “Church in politics: The Roman Catholic Church and state relations in the Philippines”

The ADMU Department of Political Science presents a seminar- forum entitled

Church in Politics: The Roman Catholic Church and State Relations in the Philippines

on April 18 to 19 (Holy Monday and Holy Tuesday); Whole days
at ADMU Escaler Hall.

May be taken as a 3 unit credit course  (PoS 271).
Interested participants are requested to pay 1,500 Php for the two day
period to cover meals and a seminar packet with materials.

Background and objectives of the forum:

?Church in Politics: The Roman Catholic Church and State Relations in the Philippines? is a seminar that attempts at a critical look at the Philippine institutional and non-institutional Roman Catholic Church  as a normative and discursive actor.  Using Jose Migdal?s state and society relations perspective,  the RCC is viewed as a political actor with the coercive power to exact compliance and mobilize citizen participation and the symbolic and material power to legitimize its existence as a socio-political actor.   It is therefore a co-producer and a competitor of the state in as far as decisions and resource allocation are concerned.

The forum  provides a broad framework for critically analyzing the RCC?s positions in politics including reproductive health.  It situates these positions on the wider discursive fields of church and state separation and church participation in electoral, political and social affairs.     In deepening discussions on reproductive health, the forum examines the church?s perspectives on gender, human sexuality and life issues.

The forum includes speakers from the CBCP, the NASSA, LST, SLB, ADZ, UP, ADMU SA Department, San Carlos Seminary and JJICSI.  A summarizing segment on the influence of the church in terms of power is provided at the last day by Fr Mario Francisco S.J of LST and Dr Fernando Zialcita of the Sociology and Anthropology Department as resource persons.

Forum Program:

TOPIC NO. 1: SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
April 18, 9-11 AM

Atty. Florin T. Hilbay
Professor, University of the Philippines College of Law

Rev. Fr. Albert Cecilio A. Flores
Director, Manila Archdiocesan Archives

TOPIC NO. 2: CBCP
April 18, 12:30-2:30 PM

Most Rev. Bishop Teodoro C. Bacani, Jr.
Bishop Emeritus of Novaliches, San Carlos Seminary

Rev. Fr. James H. Kroeger, MM
Professor, Loyola School of Theology (LST)

TOPIC NO. 3: ELECTORAL-POLITICAL ENGAGEMENTS
April 18, 3-5 PM

Bro. Guillrey Anthony M. Andal, SJ
Program Director for Political Affairs, Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB)

Rev. Fr. Antonio F. Moreno, SJ
President, Ateneo de Zamboanga University (AdZU)

TOPIC NO. 4: SOCIAL ENGAGEMENTS
April 19, 9-11 AM

Rev. Fr. Roberto N. Rivera, SJ
Associate Director and Treasurer
John J. Carroll Institute on Church and Social Issues (JJCICSI)

Rev. Fr. Edwin A. Gariguez
Executive Secretary
National Secretariat for Social Action-Justice and Peace (NASSA-JP)
Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP))

TOPIC NO. 5: GENDER, HUMAN SEXUALITY AND LIFE ISSUES
April 19, 12:30-2:30 PM

Rev. Fr. John J. Carroll, SJ
Senior Research Associate and Program Head, Church and Family Life Program
John J. Carroll Institute on Church and Social Issues (JJCICSI)

Atty. Jo Aurea M. Imbong
Legal Officer
Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)

TOPIC NO. 6: CRITICAL REFLECTION ON CHURCH POWER AND INFLUENCE TODAY
April 19, 3-5 PM

Rev. Fr. Jose Mario C. Francisco, SJ
President and Professor
Loyola School of Theology (LST)

Prof. Fernando N. Zialcita, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Ateneo de Manila University