Gay Santacruzan in Flores de Mayo opposed

A gay Santacruzan to culminate the annual celebration of Flores de Mayo is a no-no for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines.

Fr. Jerome Secillano, CBCP Public Affairs Committee executive secretary, said the faithful should not turn the activity into a fashion show or pageant because it has religious roots.

The Santacruzan is a procession during the last day of the Flores de Mayo held in honor of Queen Helena of Constantinople and Constantine the Great for finding the Holy Cross in Jerusalem. Flores de Mayo is a month-long expression of devotion to the Virgin Mary.

In an interview over Radio Veritas, Secillano pointed out there were instances that the Santacruzan held in different towns, especially in the provinces, involved gays "so it loses the spirit of the celebration."

The priest encouraged the faithful to "maintain the sacredness and dignity" of Flores de Mayo and Santacruzan.

"It is all about Mary, it’s all about how are we going to give our reverence to the Blessed Virgin Mary," he said. "They should not make a mockery of this activity."

Secillano also advised the faithful to make the celebrations simple.

"It's not important if you have many decorations there or flowers, for as long as you get people to pray and have a devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary," the CBCP official added.

Sources: Yahoo! News Philippines, Manila Bulletin Online