At least 24 Filipinos were nailed to crosses to re-enact Jesus Christ’s suffering in a Good Friday rite rejected by Catholic church leaders but witnessed by throngs of believers and thousands of tourists.
Ruben Enaje, a 50-year-old sign painter, screamed in pain as villagers dressed as Roman centurions hammered four-inch stainless steel nails through his palms and set him aloft on a cross under a brutal sun for a few minutes in San Pedro Cutud village in Pampanga province. . . .
It was Enaje’s 25th crucifixion. He says surviving nearly unscathed when he fell from a three-story building in 1985 prompted him to undergo the annual ordeal. Aside from thanking God, Enaje now prays for more painting jobs.
“Not a bone in my body was broken when I fell from that building,” Enaje said. “It was a miracle.”
“Now, I’m praying for good health and more clients,” Enaje told The Associated Press.
That’s faith, I guess. But I really don’t think God would find this necessary. And the Catholic Church definitely doesn’t.