Filipino bishops call for prayer, fasting after Duterte's blasphemies

Catholic News Agency | 7/9/2018 | Staff
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Davao, Philippines, Jul 9, 2018 / 05:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Filipino bishops conference has called for three days of prayer and fasting, about a month after President Rodrigo Duterte called God “stupid,” among other things. After the initial series of comments, the country’s bishops’ conference met with Duterte to attempt to ease tensions.

Duterte’s remarks were met with outrage by the majority-Catholic country.

Archbishop - Romulo - Valles - Davao - President

Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) wrote in a pastoral exhortation asking Filipinos to make July 16 “a day of prayer and penance” asking God for mercy and justice for “those who have blasphemed God’s Holy Name, those who slander and bear false witness, and those who commit murder or justify murder as a means for fighting criminality in our country.”

The bishops requested that the next three days, from July 17 - 19, be days of “fasting, praying, and almsgiving.”

Exhortation - Rejoice - CBCP - July

The exhortation, “Rejoice and be glad”, was released by the CBCP July 9.

Although it did not specifically mention Duterte by name, it did allude to some of his past actions and policies, including “those who arrogantly regard themselves as wise in their own estimation and the Christian faith as nonsense” as well as “those who blaspheme our God as stupid.”

Election - Duterte - Cleansing - War - Drugs

Since his election, Duterte has been accused of “social cleansing” with his violent war on drugs. He even campaigned saying that he would like to “dump [drug pushers] in Manila Bay, and fatten all the fish there.”

The Church has consistently spoken out against these policies.

Leaders - Opponents - Government - Exhortation - Church

“We are not political leaders, and certainly not political opponents of government,” clarifies the exhortation. And while the Church has in the past worked alongside the government for the common good in helping the poor and disadvantaged, this...
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