MANILA – The Catholic Church slammed the use of the image of Jesus Christ as a costume for being disrespectful.

In a statement Wednesday night, Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs (CBCP-ECPA) said the act posted on social media is already bordering on “mockery and profanity”.

“Dancing to the tune of a sacred and biblical prayer, with matching sacred costume to boot, is completely disrespectful not only of people and institutions practicing such faith but of God Himself,” he said in a statement.

Secillano was referring to the video where former Drag Den Philippines contestant Pura Luka Vega was seen wearing makeup and a costume resembling Jesus Christ while performing to the tune of the liturgical song “Ama Namin” (Our Father).

The July 10 post on Twitter has so far more than 13 million views, 7,551 likes, and 980 retweets.

Secillano noted that individuals must be “extremely prudent” with their acts, especially those that will involve elements of religion and faith.

“Faith and sacred objects are not for entertainment purposes. They are useful for channeling our deepest desire to have recourse to the Divine,” he said. (PNA)