MANILA, Philippines — After frowning on the idea of celebrating Halloween, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has upped the ante, proposing a screening ban on the upcoming film, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 as well as other horror movies soon be to shown in the Philippines.
“Iwasan natin ang mga ganyang Halloween party kasi hindi naman Christian holidays. Ang dapat nating i-focus ay yung November 1 at November 2,” Fr. Greg Bañaga, CEAP president told Radio Veritas.
He said that All Saints Day was instituted to honor all of the saints while All Souls Day is an opportunity for the people to pray for all the faithful departed.
“Knowing that even if they are not here with us, they are still members of the Church and that there is some bond that unite us with them even if physically they are not here anymore,” said Bañaga.
The Church has long been against the idea of glorifying evil during Halloween rites. (from CBCP News)
CBCP spokesperson Monsignor Pedro Quiliquili went to the office of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) and filed a petition banning the fifth and final installment in the The Twilight Saga.
“Women should not be wooed by satanic icons of hunky vampires and hairy-on-the-right-parts werewolves like Edward and Jacob,” said Quiliquili. “We are not glorifying the story, but we are actually glorifying Satan himself,” he added.
Quiliquili said that priests were also expected to preach this November about “vampires, werewolves, and procreation” before the Church begins its preparations for Christmas. In that order.
“Although the CBCP frowns upon the idea of vampires and werewolves co-mingling with regular people, we are encouraging women to follow in Bella footsteps to go out and multiply.”
He added, “Filipino women should go out and birth as many adorable Renesmee Cullen as they can, because life is love, and we are Pro-Life.
“Edward and Bella didn’t need the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill, and look what happened at the end of Part 1. God saved her life after giving birth and even blessed her with a new pair of beautiful red eyes.”
“Maternal deaths can be avoided without the RH bill!” said Quiliquili
If the petition is granted, the CBCP will also push for the screening ban of the following movies:
- Paranormal Activity 4
- Silent Hill Revelations
- Shake Rattle and Roll
- Monsters Academy
- Grave Encounters 2
Besides the banning of the said movies, the CBCP also urges Filipinos to refrain from going Trick or Treating, saying that, “wearing costumes and going around asking for candies is very un-Catholic.”
Quiliquili clarifies that, “Although our priests wear robes during mass, it is not considered a costume. And although our priests goes around during mass asking for donations, it is not the same as candies.”
“It is not meant to trick churchgoers, but is considered a treat to
our priests God. It’s very Catholic-like and it says so on the Bible.”