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Duterte’s useless fight against the Catholic Church
« on: January 30, 2017, 09:02:56 PM »

Duterte’s useless fight against the Catholic Church

By: Mel Sta. Maria
January 27, 2017
 
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The online news portal of TV5



President Duterte again unleashed his vitriol against the Catholic Church. He said: “I challenge you now. I challenge the Catholic Church. You are full of s***. You smell bad, corruption and all.” 

I do not doubt that in the hierarchy of the church, down to the priests, there are some bad eggs causing great embarrassment and scandal to it. And if, by Catholic Church, we mean all of us who belong to that faith, surely there are many sinners. And probably, more than a majority of the faithful are sinners.

But I totally disagree with President Duterte.
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Re: Duterte’s useless fight against the Catholic Church
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2017, 09:05:00 PM »

The Catholic Church is still a glorious and transcendent faith which seeks to lead us to a reality beyond this sinful world. It is a hopeful and relevant religion. A number of insider-misfits will not change that.  Many will still remain or try to be as Catholic as they possibly can.

Parents will still enroll their children in Catholic universities such as the University of Sto. Tomas, Xavier University, St. Scholastica’s College,   St. Paul’s College, St. Theresa’s College, Aquinas School,  Don Bosco, Lourdes School, De La Salle University, Ateneo  and many more. 

Many Catholics  will still go to their  churches, receive  the sacrament of reconciliation, attend Mass, listen to homilies (whether boring or exciting), and, despite President Duterte once  irreverently saying “Body of Christ sa inyong igit” (in your s***), still people will  receive Holy Communion believing in  Jesus Christ transubstantiated.   
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Re: Duterte’s useless fight against the Catholic Church
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2017, 09:05:37 PM »

The Catholic faith has become more than a religion to millions of Filipinos. It is a way of life. The fiestas we celebrate,  the Christmas season we anticipate, the noche buena and   the caroling we prepare, the remembrance of our dead every  first of November, all these and more are rooted in  the faith  despised by Duterte.  Even most of our surnames, though decreed by our former colonizers, reflect the religion --De Jesus, Cruz, Santos, De Los Angeles, Sta. Ana, San Jose, San Pedro, Calbario, and many more.

Even our forgiving attitude, the sense of sacrifice and hope, is rooted in Catholic doctrine. From birth to death, the Catholic faith has some role in our existence and they are not intrinsically bad at all.

Even if not each and every individual Filipino is a Catholic, or a practicing one, it cannot be denied that Catholicism (and the Catholic Church) has contributed to the formation, and is thus a substantial part of, our unique culture -- similar to how, say, Confucianism has become an integral part of the cultures of China, Korea, and Japan.
Republic Act 8485 (Animal Welfare Act of 1998, Philippines), as amended and strengthened by House  Bill 6893 of 2013--- violation means a maximum of P250,000 fine with a corresponding three-year jail term and a minimum of P30,000 fine and six months imprisonment

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Re: Duterte’s useless fight against the Catholic Church
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2017, 09:06:06 PM »

This is also the reason, I believe, why communism, even if it espouses egalitarian ideals, will not ultimately win the Filipino hearts and minds. Communism, at its core, does not have belief in God -- a belief which, whether one likes it or not, is part of the worldview of the great majority of Filipinos.

Thus, even if he uses the vast influence of his office to alienate all of the faithful against the Catholic Church, President Duterte will surely fail.

His joke on starting an “Iglesia ni Duterte” may be a better alternative. With him as its pope, some people may be mesmerized again by the hue, shape, color, form and rhetoric of his religious advocacy. They might just join his church. I wonder who these people might be? Who will be his apostles? His cabinet members?
Republic Act 8485 (Animal Welfare Act of 1998, Philippines), as amended and strengthened by House  Bill 6893 of 2013--- violation means a maximum of P250,000 fine with a corresponding three-year jail term and a minimum of P30,000 fine and six months imprisonment

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Re: Duterte’s useless fight against the Catholic Church
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2017, 09:06:51 PM »

In any case, one thing is sure, the Catholic Church is here to stay -- and it will likely remain here far longer than  President Duterte  would want it to -- and surely  also far longer than his term.

God bless you Mr. President. And even as you throw mud at the Catholic Church’s hierarchy, I am  sure Cardinal Chito Tagle  is praying for your success  as President -- to be achieved  in the right way of course.

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Republic Act 8485 (Animal Welfare Act of 1998, Philippines), as amended and strengthened by House  Bill 6893 of 2013--- violation means a maximum of P250,000 fine with a corresponding three-year jail term and a minimum of P30,000 fine and six months imprisonment

 

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