Duterte hits Church anew: threatens to kick bishops, slams veneration of saints - The Daily Sentry

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Duterte hits Church anew: threatens to kick bishops, slams veneration of saints

President Rodrigo Duterte/ photo file grabbed from Philstar

Manila, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday has once again ranted on the Catholic leaders and criticized its practice of veneration of saints, noting that he is considering joining another Christian sect.

At the launching of an entrepreneurship alliance in Malacañang, the president reiterated that he has his own concept of God.

“My religion does not limit anything. All you can do is...Do not believe in hell. When you die you are just a piece of carcass and that's it. There's no more hell. Burning in hell? You cannot burn a soul,” he said.

Speaking before the businessmen, diplomats, and politicians in Malacañang, the president asked if there was a bishop in the audience.

"Is there any bishop here? I want to kick your a**... and the priest," the president said which draw laughter from the audience.

The chief executive stressed that the Catholic Church is the most  “most hypocritical institution in the Philippines” which he later on attributed to Cabinet Secretary Leoncio “Jun” Evasco Jr., who is a former priest.

The president once more recalled his sexual abuse claim in the hands of an American priest when he was a student as he questions the giving of cash donations during masses, and criticized the veneration of saints especially during town fiestas.

“We are assigned in every parochial thing, there's something. 'Yours is San Isidro. Your saint.' And who is this s***? You know, they were nomadic tribes at that time. Nomadic.Who is this guy San Isidro that every town fiesta we kill our cows, carabaos? Just to spend because it is the fiesta of San Isidro. San Pablo who were they?” he said.*

Earlier, the president created a four-man committee to have a dialogue with the Catholic leaders and other religious groups following series of scathing remarks about God, the creation, and the concept of original sin.

He also met with his friend Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, and have agreed to refrain from attacking the Church as long as it would no longer use God in their attacks to his administration.

The president also clarified later on that his remarks had nothing to do with his agreement with Valles and the moratorium would not stop him from speaking the truth.

Also, last month, after the meeting with Valles, Duterte had a more than two-hour meeting with Jesus is Lord founder Brother Eddie Villanueva in Malacanang, which he apologized directly to “all-forgiving God.”

President's long time friend and Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines President Romulo Valles / photo from CBCP news

 Source: GMA News