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Bishop takes on satirical film


MANILA – Outspoken Filipino Archbishop Angel Lagdameo has urged Catholic laity in the Philippines to speak out against a portion of a Filipino comedy film making fun of the Holy Eucharist and the priesthood.

The movie entitled Father Jejemon was released nationwide on Christmas Day as part of the entry of the annual Metro Manila Film Festival.

Archbishop Lagdameo, former president of the influential Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), reacted to the movie showing a priest giving communion to a woman when the host fell into her cleavage.

Another scene of the movie shows the host got stuck in the dentures of a communicant.

“They are negative, the movie does not give a good reflection on the priesthood,” Lagdameo said.
He also said that the scenes have trivialized the sacredness of the Eucharist because it is the body of Christ after being consecrated by a priest during a Holy Mass.

Dolphy who is considered as the comedy king of Philippine movie, is the lead star of Father Jejemon. Dolphy, whose real name is Rodolfo Quizon has been in the movies for over six decades.

Archbishop Lagdameo did not oppose of the film per se but only the two objectionable portions of the movie.

The Radyo Inquirer, DZIQ 990 AM, which interviewed Dolphy, quoted the “King of Comedy” as saying “he did not wish to pick a fight with God as his production outfit voluntarily deleted the offending scenes of his movie before it was screened by government censors.”

The movie has been the target of SMS campaign before the film is shown.

According to the Inquirer one text message reads: "Let's not allow the 'King of Comedy' to make a comedy of the 'King of Kings.'"

The Philippines, the only Christian country in Asia, has more than 80 percent Catholic.

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