Robin Padilla makes an appeal to Cruz

by Nikki delos Santos, abs-cbnNEWS.com

Posted at Apr 14 2011 06:09 PM | Updated as of Apr 15 2011 08:08 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Veteran action star Robin Padilla on Thursday appealed to retired Lingayen Archbishop Oscar Cruz  to reconsider his stand on his and wife Mariel Rodriguez’s planned Catholic wedding this June.

Padilla is a Muslim, while Rodriguez is a Catholic. Last week, Cruz announced that the Catholic Church would not allow Rodriguez and Padilla’s union because some provisions of the Islamic law contradict the doctrines of the Catholic Church.

“Sa panahon po ngayon kasi ay dapat tignan na natin ang wisdom, hindi na rule ng bawat religion. Kasi kapag doon na naman tayo tumayo, division na naman,” Padilla said in an interview with radio dzMM.

“Ngayon po dapat nandoon na tayo sa unity. Kailangan ang mga tao dalhin na tayo sa pagkakaisa,” he added. “Sana in our own little way mapakita natin na may unity among religion lalo na usapin ng pagpapakasal. Sa Diyos naman po yan.”

Padilla admitted that his wife cried after learning Cruz’s statement.

“Medyo naiyak nga ng matindihan si Mariel diyan... Linggo-linggo nagdadasal ‘yan (Rodriguez), nagpupunta sa simbahan. Ngayon kung kailan siya bumabalik, ngayon naman siya nagkaroon ng ganyang pagsubok,” he said.

Padilla revealed that he already approached other priests to talk about their situation.

“Kumakausap kami ng ibang pari pero ‘yong ibang pari ang sinasabi okay pero hindi maaring i-rehistro, ay magulo naman ‘yon sa aming kasal,” he said.

He added: “Sana kami ang gamitin ng mga simbahan na example sa mga tao… Gawin kaming example na wala tayong division sa religion.”

In a phone interview, Cruz said he is maintaining his previous statement.

“Hindi naman ito nakukuha sa appeal, hindi naman cardinal ang may gawa ng batas dahil gaya nga ng sinabi ko, batas iyan ng kalikasan, ng katuwiran, at ng simbahan sa buong mundo,” he said.

“Ang isang lalaki ay dapat sa isang babae lamang,” he explained. “’Di gaya ng sa Muslim, ang katumbas ng isang lalaki ay isang babae, dalawang babae, tatlong babae at apat na babae at iyan ang problema ng ating mga kapatid ng Muslim.”

Cruz also pointed out that he is not singling them out, and that "it is for everybody.”