Duterte Slams the Faith

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by David Nussman  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  June 29, 2018   

Calls the Catholic God 'stupid'

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"Who is this stupid God?"

The president of the Philippines is again blasting the Catholic faith. 

In a June 22 press conference, President Rodrigo Duterte ranted against the theology of original sin and called God "stupid."

More than three-fourths of the population in the Philippines identifies as Roman Catholic, making it the only majority-Catholic country in Asia.

Despite this, President Duterte has mocked the Catholic Church repeatedly. 

On June 3, he called the Catholic God a "lie."

Catholic archbishop Socrates Villegas hit back, saying, "When you spit upwards, your spit will return to your face. The more you spit at God, the more spit you bring to your face. It is the law of gravity. It is also the law of divine justice."

Some are blaming Duterte's rhetoric as fuel for violence against clergy.

Three priests have been killed in the Philippines in the past seven months, with a fourth priest surviving a violent attempt on his life.

When Catholics asked the president to tone down the rhetoric, he dismissed their concerns, and his crusade against Catholicism shows no signs of slowing down.

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