Carlos Celdran has just been found “guilty beyond reasonable doubt for the Crime of Offending Religious Feelings.”
But how do you offend religious feelings?
This crime is Article 133 under “Crimes against religious worship” in the Revised Penal Code. It states:
“Offending the religious feelings. – The penalty of arresto mayor in its maximum period to prision correccional in its minimum period shall be imposed upon anyone who, in a place devoted to religious worship or during the celebration of any religious ceremony, shall perform acts notoriously offensive to the feelings of the faithful.”
From here, we can see, it’s not just a Holy Mass but “the celebration of any religious ceremony.” So if the Catholic Church chooses to have an outdoor religious ceremony-cum-rally against the reproductive health law, those who might hold counter-rallies in the vicinity could also “offend religious feelings.”
Those who would give out leaflets protesting the Church stand, would they “offend religious feelings” too?
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