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Church leaders dismayed by celebrity sex videos

Philippine Church spokesman urges stars to be better role models

Church leaders dismayed by celebrity sex videos

Babe Yosh and Wally Bayola reporter, Manila

September 4, 2013

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Videos being posted online in the Philippines of local celebrities having sex have been condemned as another example of a sharp decline in basic morals by Church leaders.

"Actions like this manifest poor discernment and lack of moral grounding," Father Conegundo Garganta, executive secretary of the bishops' conference’s Episcopal Commission on Youth, said Wednesday.

He was responding to a video showing TV hosts Wally Bayola and Babe Yosh having sex, which went viral this week on video sharing site Youtube.

The incident was the second high profile sex video scandal in the country in recent weeks.

Last month a sex video featuring singer songwriter Chito Miranda and girlfriend Neri Naig also caused an internet storm.

Fr Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, described the sex videos as "saddening and disturbing”, especially since people in the entertainment industry are idolized by young people.

“With great love and respect, we appeal to our brothers and sisters in the entertainment industry, we look up to you. The youth look up to you," he said in an interview on Wednesday.

He called on celebrities to be "role models for the young who are the future of the country and of the Church."

"In God’s divine plan, marital union, physical intimacy, is so sacred it was created within the institution and sacrament of marriage. It should remain as such, sacred and intimate. Not to be trivialized and much less flaunted in public," Castro said.

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