Is the Catholic Church the most hypocritical institution? A reply to Mayor Duterte

Is the Catholic Church the most hypocritical institution? A reply to Mayor Duterte

by Dr. Quirino Sugon, Jr.

“The most hypocritical institution is the Catholic Church.”–Mayor Duterte. Photo credits: Malacanang Photo Bureau and CBCP News.
We read in Philippine Star regarding Duterte’s tirades against the Catholic Church:

“You have been castigating me or criticizing me — you want a debate before I become president? Okay! Sinong lahat ng bishops d’yan, tumindig kayo. I will tell you the sins of the Catholic Church beginning from the time the institution of the papacy was established,” Duterte said. “I will lecture until June 29 the sins of the Catholic Church, and whether or not you are still relevant. Alam mo, the most hypocritical institution is the Catholic Church,” he added. “If I start to name the bishops who got married or about the women in their lives, sasabog itong [simbahang] Katoliko,” he said. “Do not think you are the moralizing agents of the society. As long as you are a human being, you are up to fall down… You’re all pageantry.” He also accused some Catholic bishops of asking favors from the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. (Philippine Star)

Duterte’s hatred against the Catholic Church runs deep.

In the earlier post, I showed that it is impossible for Mayor Duterte to say that he believes in God but not in religion. In this new post, we shall tackle the second statement: whether the Catholic Church is the most hypocritical institution.

A. JESUS CONDEMNS THE PHARISEES AS HYPOCRITES

To label religious authorities as hypocrites is not new. In fact, it was Christ who denounced the Pharisees, the religious authorities at that time in Israel, as hypocrites:

  • “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You lock the kingdom of heaven* before human beings. You do not enter yourselves, nor do you allow entrance to those trying to enter. [14]* (Mt 23:13)
  • 15* “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You traverse sea and land to make one convert, and when that happens you make him a child of Gehenna twice as much as yourselves.  (Mt 23:15)
  • j “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You pay tithes* of mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier things of the law: judgment and mercy and fidelity. [But] these you should have done, without neglecting the others. 24* k Blind guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow the camel! (Mt 23:23-24)
  • 25* l “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You cleanse the outside of cup and dish, but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence. 26Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may be clean. (Mt 23:25-26)
  • 27* “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth. 28m Even so, on the outside you appear righteous, but inside you are filled with hypocrisy and evildoing. (Mt 23:27-28)
  • 29* “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees,* you hypocrites. You build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the memorials of the righteous, 30n and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have joined them in shedding the prophets’ blood.’ 31o Thus you bear witness against yourselves that you are the children of those who murdered the prophets; 32now fill up what your ancestors measured out! 33p You serpents, you brood of vipers, how can you flee from the judgment of Gehenna? (Mt 23:29-32)

In summary, Jesus called the Pharisees hypocrites for the following reasons:

  • They make religious laws for ordinary people that they themselves cannot abide
  • They try hard to convert people to the truths of religion, but ended up making evil men out of their converts
  • They focus on the trivialities and external observances of the law, yet lose sight of the weightier things, such as judgment, mercy, and fidelity
  • They make themselves appear to be honest and impeccable, yet really corrupt in actual life
  • They honor the prophets, yet they are children of those who killed the prophets.

Does this sound like our Catholic bishops and priests in the Philippines? Mayor Duterte’s guess is as good as yours and mine.


B. THE CHAIRS OF THE JUDGES

1. Moses and the Levitical Priests

So what does Christ recommend to the Israelites on how to deal with the Pharisees for all their hypocrisy? Jesus said:

The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. 3Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. (Mt 23:2)

Before Israel was ruled by Kings, the country was ruled by judges and levitical priests who knows the Law of Moses:

If there is a case for judgment which proves too baffling for you to decide, in a matter of bloodshed or of law or of injury, matters of dispute within your gates, you shall then go up to the place which the LORD, your God, will choose, 9to the levitical priests or to the judge who is in office at that time. They shall investigate the case and then announce to you the decision.h 10You shall act according to the decision they announce to you in the place which the LORD will choose, carefully observing everything as they instruct you. 11You shall carry out the instruction they give you and the judgment they pronounce, without turning aside either to the right or left from the decision they announce to you. 12Anyone who acts presumptuously and does not obey the priest* who officiates there in the ministry of the LORD, your God, or the judge, shall die. Thus shall you purge the evil from Israel. 13And all the people, on hearing of it, shall fear, and will never again act presumptuously.i (Deut 7:8-13)

Notice here that God condemns the contempt of court under the penalty of death in the Old Testament:

Contempt of court, often referred to simply as “contempt”, is the offense of being disobedient to or disrespectful towards a court of law and its officers in the form of behavior that opposes or defies authority, justice, and dignity of the court.[1][2] It manifests itself in willful disregard of or disrespect for the authority of a court of law, which is often behavior that is illegal because it does not obey or respect the rules of a law court. (Wikipedia: Contempt of Court)

2. The Bishops as the successors of Peter and the Apostles

In the New Testament, Peter and the Apostles serve as the judges of the New Israel, which is the Church. As Christ said:

Amen, I say to you that you who have followed me, in the new age, when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory, will yourselves sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. ()

Peter is the first Pope and the Apostles are the first bishops. All bishops of the Catholic Church can trace their spiritual lineage from one of the Apostles through the laying of hands, e.g. Timothy became a bishop (c.f. 1Tim 3:1) through St. Paul:

For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God* that you have through the imposition of my hands.d 7For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.e 8So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord,* nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.f (2 Tim:1:6-8)

Similarly, all popes trace their spiritual lineage from the Peter, the first Bishop of Rome. For example, Pope Francis is the 266th Bishop of Rome. He succeeds Peter as the Vicar of Christ.

Because the Church is a human institution, the bishops are human beings too who can fall into sin. And even Popes can fall into sin. Here’s a sample list from the Borgia Popes:

  • Nepotism. On 20 February 1456, Callixtus III elevated two of his nephews to the cardinalate. The first of them was Rodrigo de Borja (“Borgia” in Italian) who later became Pope Alexander VI (1492–1503), infamous for his alleged corruption and immorality.[10] The second was Luis Julian de Milà. (Wikipedia: Pope Callixtus III)
  • Mistresses. Of Alexander’s many mistresses the one for whom passion lasted longest was Vannozza (Giovanna) dei Cattanei, born in 1442, and wife of three successive husbands. The connection began in 1470, and she had four children whom he openly acknowledged as his own: Cesare (born 1475), Giovanni, afterwards duke of Gandia (born 1476), Lucrezia (born 1480), and Goffredo or Giuffre (born 1481 or 1482). (Wikipedia: Pope Alexander VI)

So if Duterte says that he will ” name the bishops who got married or about the women in their lives”, you can bet that such things can happen, for even at least one Pope in history has such infamy.

3. Papal Infallibility vs Papal Impeccability

The dogma of Papal Infallibility is not equivalent to Papal Impeccability.

Impeccability is sinlessness, which is attributed Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary (c.f. Dogma of Immaculate Conception). Popes also sin, since even Peter denied Christ three times (c.f Lk 22:54-61).

Infallibility, on the other hand, is the incapability of teaching error, and if applied to the Pope becomes an incapability of teaching error in matters of faith and morals. As the Catechism says:

889 In order to preserve the Church in the purity of the faith handed on by the apostles, Christ who is the Truth willed to confer on her a share in his own infallibility. By a “supernatural sense of faith” the People of God, under the guidance of the Church’s living Magisterium, “unfailingly adheres to this faith.”417

890 The mission of the Magisterium is linked to the definitive nature of the covenant established by God with his people in Christ. It is this Magisterium’s task to preserve God’s people from deviations and defections and to guarantee them the objective possibility of professing the true faith without error. Thus, the pastoral duty of the Magisterium is aimed at seeing to it that the People of God abides in the truth that liberates. To fulfill this service, Christ endowed the Church’s shepherds with the charism of infallibility in matters of faith and morals. The exercise of this charism takes several forms:

891 “The Roman Pontiff, head of the college of bishops, enjoys this infallibility in virtue of his office, when, as supreme pastor and teacher of all the faithful – who confirms his brethren in the faith he proclaims by a definitive act a doctrine pertaining to faith or morals. . . . The infallibility promised to the Church is also present in the body of bishops when, together with Peter’s successor, they exercise the supreme Magisterium,” above all in an Ecumenical Council.418 When the Church through its supreme Magisterium proposes a doctrine “for belief as being divinely revealed,”419 and as the teaching of Christ, the definitions “must be adhered to with the obedience of faith.”420 This infallibility extends as far as the deposit of divine Revelation itself.421 (Catechism of the Catholic Church)

The Dogma of Papal infallibility is rooted on the words of Christ to Peter:

“Simon, Simon, behold Satan has demanded to sift all of you* like wheat,s 32but I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers.” (Lk 22:31-32)

C.  PHILIPPINE BISHOPS VS DUTERTE

1. Bishops comment on Duterte’s rape remark

We recall some of what the bishops wrote wrote regarding Duterte’s controversial rape remark, “Dapat mayor ang mauna”:

  • Archbishop Socrates Villegas: “Judge for yourself if this is the right choice. I will keep my personal judgment to myself. This video can help you see.
  • Archbishop Jose Palma: “When we elect people in power, we expect them to serve, but at the same time they should also relate with other people in many parts of world…What if this kind of joke will spread to other people from different parts of the world? Can we feel at ease with that kind of person?…Are we happy with what he (Duterte) said? Do we agree with it? Some say it’s OK. Other say otherwise…. The future of our country depends on the votes we make. The electorate should discern and decide. That is where the power of the ballots come”
  • Bishop Deogracias Iniguez: “It would be good to know what is in the video to help them in deciding…. I think that’s what we lack. We really don’t know the candidates that we are voting for.”
  • Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz: “Crass and crude…I cannot say that he is a bad person but definitely he does not belong to the people with good manners and right conduct.”

Archbishop Villegas also wrote earlier in his Facebook profile (it appears his FB account is gone for good for reasons we know not):

The usual face of corruption that we recognize easily is stealing from public funds. Corruption, like a monster, is a devil with many faces. Killing people is corruption. Killing is a crime and a sin whether it is done by criminals or public officials no matter what the intention. Adultery is corruption. It makes married love cheap and uses people for pleasure. Adultery corrupts the family; it destroys children and victimizes the weak. Vulgarity is corruption. When we find vulgarity funny, we have really become beastly and barbaric as a people. When a revered and loved and admired man like Pope Francis is cursed by a political candidate and the audience laugh, I can only bow my head and grieve in great shame. My countrymen has gone to the dregs.
Is this the leadership by example that Mayor Duterte excites in us? Is this the leadership by example that makes a public official deserving of the title “Honorable”? I grieve for my country….! (see Monk’s Hobbit)

2. Teaching Authority of Bishops

Regarding the bishops who campaigned against someone like Duterte, because he is morally unfit for the presidency, Art. 892 of the Catechism applies:

892 Divine assistance is also given to the successors of the apostles, teaching in communion with the successor of Peter, and, in a particular way, to the bishop of Rome, pastor of the whole Church, when, without arriving at an infallible definition and without pronouncing in a “definitive manner,” they propose in the exercise of the ordinary Magisterium a teaching that leads to better understanding of Revelation in matters of faith and morals. To this ordinary teaching the faithful “are to adhere to it with religious assent”422 which, though distinct from the assent of faith, is nonetheless an extension of it. (Catechism of the Catholic Church)

E. CONCLUSIONS

Duterte may be right: the Catholic Church may be the most hypocritical institution, for while it preaches as it claims to be the moralizing agent of society, it is also subject to sin and corruption.  “As long as you are a human being, you are up to fall down,” Duterte said. And this applies not only to him, but also to the bishops as well and to all of us. But if we ponder on the words of Christ regarding the scribes and Pharisees, perhaps we can also make a similar rule regarding the Pope and the bishops:

The Pope and the Bishops have taken their seats on the chairs of Peter and the Apostles. 3Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. (c.f. Mt 23:2)

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RESPONSE TO DUTERTE’S LATEST ATTACKS AGAINST THE CATHOLIC CHURCH!

Digong Duterte directly attacking the Catholic Church.

Digong Duterte directly attacking the Catholic Church.

Duterte calls Catholic Church ‘most hypocritical institution’

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 22 2016 01:20 PM | Updated as of May 22 2016 07:40 PM

(2nd UPDATE) OLD GRUDGES. Presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday dubbed the Catholic Church as the “most hypocritical institution” as he lambasted its bishops for supposedly attempting to erode public support for him before the May 9 elections.

Duterte told reporters in Davao City that the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) released a pastoral letter a few days before the elections in a bid to dissuade the electorate from voting for him.

Despite this, Duterte said he still won the presidential elections, which he described as a “public referendum” between him and the bishops. The long-time mayor of Davao City has a 6.2 million lead over administration candidate, Mar Roxas, going into the official canvassing of the results by Congress this week. Three of his four rivals have conceded.

“They campaigned against me, everybody was saying ‘Do not vote for Duterte.’ Fine. I said, let this election be a referendum between me and the Catholic Church… Sabi ko, this will be a referendum kung sinong tama sa atin. Look, were you able to stop me? Iilan lang kayong mga obispo diyan,” he said.

In an apparent reference to Duterte, the CBCP on May 1 urged the public to reject a “morally reprehensible” candidate who has shown “scant regard” for the rights of others and the teachings of the Church.

CBCP President Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas has previously criticized Duterte for cursing Pope Francis, whose visit caused heavy traffic in Metro Manila in January 2015, and for the mayor’s statements on killing criminals.

Duterte, whose civil marriage to Elizabeth Zimmerman is annulled, has openly admitted to being a womanizer. He has also been at odds with human rights advocates for his alleged involvement in the Davao Death Squad and for his tough stance on criminals.

He has also made no secret his experience as a child supposedly molested by a priest. During the campaign, he revealed his alleged experiences following the furor caused by his cursing of Pope Francis.

Duterte also castigated a bishop who suggested that he should just file a case against his molester. He said he found this ridiculous.

“Paano ako mag-file? Yung pari died 30 years ago and the incident happened during the 50s. Saan ka makahanap ng venue, ang prescirtpion is about 20 years? Sinong idemanda ko? At sino ang accused?” he said.

‘SINS OF THE CHURCH ‘

During Sunday’s early morning press conference, Duterte said Catholic Church leaders should not hold themselves morally superior because their “hypocritical institution” has a long history of wrongdoing.

He also challenged the bishops to a debate so that he can expose, before assuming office on June 30, these alleged sins of the church.

“You have been castigating me or criticizing me — you want a debate before I become president? Okay! Sinong…lahat ng bishops d’yan, tumindig kayo. I will tell you the sins of the Catholic Church beginning from the time the institution of the papacy was established,” Duterte said.

“I will lecture until June 29 the sins of the Catholic Church, and whether or not you are still relevant. Alam mo, the most hypocritical institution is the Catholic Church,” he added.

The incoming 16th Philippine president also said he can name bishops who allegedly took mistresses.

“If I start to name the bishops who got married or about the women in their lives, sasabog itong [simbahang] Katoliko,” he said. “Do not think you are the moralizing agents of the society. As long as you are a human being, you are going to fall down… You’re all pageantry.”

He criticized priests and bishops who ask for favors from him and other politicians, recalling how certain bishops were heavily criticized for asking money from the Arroyo administration so they could buy SUVs.

Some of the bishops had admitted to having expensive cars, saying they used these vehicles to go to far-flung areas. They were later tagged later as “Pajero bishops”.

This, Duterte said, amounts to graft and corruption, and also violated the principle of separation of Church and State.

“Panahon ni Arroyo naghingian kayo… That is graft and corruption, hindi niyo alam ‘yan, plus separation of church and state,” Duterte said.

“Iyung ibang tao sa Pilipinas walang makain, walang medisina and you were enjoying the money of the god**** people of the Philippines by riding on that. Hindi na kayo nahiya n’yan. P******** kayo.”

Duterte, who has been Davao City mayor for over 20 years, said Catholic leaders have also approached him for various requests.

“You ask so many favors even from me. I can show you the letters… ‘Pag mayroon kayo, hingi dito, hingi [doon] tapos kung magsalita kayo, kayo lang ang marunong,” he said.

Duterte maintained, however, that he believes in God, but he does not need religion to show his faith.

“I have this deep, abiding faith in God but that does not mean that you have to have a religion, you have to follow somebody, that you have to get a message from this and that,” he said.

“Why would I have to go to a human being to whisper my sins and ask for forgiveness from him? Who are you to listen to my sins and give me absolution? You are not God.”

After winning the presidential elections, the Duterte camp said the mayor planned to go to theVatican to personally apologize and meet the Pope and He has since dropped this plan, saying it would be an exercise in duplicity since he already sent an apology letter to Pope Francis.

– With reports from Rodirey Salas, Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

SOURCE: http://news.abs-cbn.com/nation/05/22/16/duterte-calls-catholic-church-most-hypocritical-institution 

RESPONSE:

[(2nd UPDATE) OLD GRUDGES. Presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday dubbed the Catholic Church as the “most hypocritical institution” as he lambasted its bishops for supposedly attempting to erode public support for him before the May 9 elections.]

THERE IS A VERY WISE SAYING: “THE VICTORS SHOULD BE MAGNANIMOUS IN VICTORY”. ANG MGA NAGTAGUMPAY AY DAPAT MAGPAKITA NG KAGANDAHANG-LOOB SA KANYANG PAGWAWAGI. HINDI YABANG. HINDI PANG-IINSULTO SA KANYANG MGA NAGAPI.

MR. DIGONG WON THE ELECTION BY GAINING THE MOST NUMBER OF VOTES AMONG THE CANDIDATES OF FOUR. HE DIDN’T WIN THE MAJORITY VOTES, THAT IS, 50% + 1. THE VOTES OF ALL THOSE WHO REJECTED HIM IS GREATER THAN THOSE WHO VOTED FOR HIM. YET, INSTEAD OF BEING HUMBLE IN VICTORY AND ACT PRESIDENTIAL WITH PROPER DIGNITY AND HONOR DUE TO THE OFFICE THAT HE RECENTLY WON HE IS ONCE AGAIN ACTING LIKE A BULLY. INDEED TAMA ANG MATANDANG KASABIHAN:

ANG BABOY KAHIT PALIGUAN MO BABALIK AT BABALIK SA PUSALIAN!”

DAMITAN MO MAN NG MAN NG GINTO ANG AHAS MAY KALISKIS PA RIN ANG BALAT!”

SAYANG. PAKITANG TAO LANG PALA ANG KUNWARI NAGDADASAL AT KUNWARI AY PUPUNTAHAN ANG SANTO PAPA PARA HUMINGI NG TAWAD. ALL FOR SHOW AND ENTERTAINMENT PARA SA MGA UTO UTO SA STYLE NIANG BULOK.

AS A NEWLY ELECTED HIGHEST OFFICER OF THE LAND DIGONG SHOULD ACT AS THE COUNTRY’S TOP GENTLEMAN. HE SHOULD ALSO BE THE NATION’S TOP DIPLOMAT NEGOTIATING WITH OTHER NATIONS AND WITH VARIOUS GROUPS IN THE COUNTRY TO FORM A BROAD COALITION OF UNITY. INSTEAD PRESIDENTENG BASAG ULO ANG ASTA. TSK TSK TSK…

AT THIS TIME HE SHOULD BE THE COUNTRY’S UNIFYING FORCE INSTEAD HE IS THE FIRST TO CAST STONE ON OTHERS TRYING TO BRING THE CHURCH WITH HIM IN THE GUTTER. WHAT A PITY. SO PATHETIC. KAHABAG-HABAG.

IF THERE IS ONE WHO IS WORTHY OF THE TITLE “THE MOST HYPOCRITE” MR. DIGONG SHOULD BE THE TOP RECIPIENT. SPEAKING OF HYPOCRISY: IT FITS HIM SO WELL. HE DECEIVED HIS CATHOLIC ADMIRERS FOR ALLEGEDLY BEING A FAITHFUL CATHOLIC AND HE DECEIVED THE FOLLOWERS OF QUIBOLOY OF BEING A QUIBOLOY FOLLOWER YET HE IS NEITHER OF THE TWO. DIGONG IS NOT ONLY A HYPOCRITE BUT AT THE SAME TIME A NATIONAL “DECEIVER”.

[Duterte told reporters in Davao City that the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) released a pastoral letter a few days before the elections in a bid to dissuade the electorate from voting for him.]

IF HE IS NOT SIMPLY STUPID DIGONG SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT THE PASTORAL LETTER OF CBCP IS A GUIDELINE FOR ELECTIONS AND DOESN’T GIVE A NAME. BESIDES EVERY ELECTION THE CHURCH GIVES GUIDELINES OF THAT SORT. HE IS NOT BEING SINGLED OUT INSTEAD THAT IS ORDINARY EVERY SINGLE ELECTION FOR THE CHURCH.

HE IS OFFENDED BECAUSE THE WARNINGS OF THE BISHOPS PERFECTLY FIT HIS PERSON AND HIS CHARACTER AND HIS DEEDS. IN RUSSIAN: “ANGKAP AT ANGKOP SA KANYA”… IN ENGLISH: “SAPUL NA SAPUL”. KAYA NAGWAWALA SIYA NGAYON NA PARANG ASONG NAWALAN NG BAIT. TSK TSK TSK… KAWAWA NAMAN.

[Despite this, Duterte said he still won the presidential elections, which he described as a “public referendum” between him and the bishops. The long-time mayor of Davao City has a 6.2 million lead over administration candidate, Mar Roxas, going into the official canvassing of the results by Congress this week. Three of his four rivals have conceded.]

OF COURSE WE ARE DEFEATED. EVEN OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST WAS DEFEATED BY BARABBAS BY POPULAR DEMOCRACY. DI BA? SO, BY ELECTION YOU CAN ALSO DEFEAT THE LORD JESUS. FOR SURE MARAMING CFD MEMBERS AND CATHOLICS WHO WILL VOTE FOR YOU AND WILL GET ANGRY AT THE BISHOPS FOR GIVING WARNINGS NOT TO VOTE TO PEOPLE OF YOUR KIND. BIRDS OF THE SAME FEATHERS FLOCK TOGETHER AND THEY HAVE CHOSEN TO PUT YOU ON THE ELECTORAL ALTAR AGAINST THE ALTAR OF SACRIFICE OF THE CHURCH.

WELL, CONGRATULATIONS FOR WINNING. ANG GALING-GALING MO. MARAMI KANG NALOKO AT NAUTO. PATI SI QUIBOLOY NAGAWA MONG MAGAMIT ANG MGA PLANES, HELICOPTERS AND EXPENSIVE CARS. ENJOY IT AND PUT THEM ALL INSIDE YOUR HEAD AND INSIDE YOUR HEART. POWER IS APHRODISIAC. POWER IS CORRUPTING AND OBVIOUSLY IT HAS STARTED TURNING YOU INTO AN INTERNATIONAL FOOL. KAHABAG-HABAG. HINDI KA PA NAKAKA UPO SA TRONO NAWAWALAN KA NA NG ULIRAT. AWAY NA AGAD ANG HANAP MO IMBES NA PAGKAKA-ISA. TSK TSK TSK…

[“They campaigned against me, everybody was saying ‘Do not vote for Duterte.’ Fine. I said, let this election be a referendum between me and the Catholic Church… Sabi ko, this will be a referendum kung sinong tama sa atin. Look, were you able to stop me? Iilan lang kayong mga obispo diyan,” he said.]

TALAGANG MALALA NA ANG SIRA SA ULO NG TAONG ITO. THE BISHOPS NEVER STATED IN THEIR PASTORAL LETTER NA WAG IBOTO SI DUTERTE. WALANG NAKASAAD NA GANYAN. KUNG PERSONALLY MAY MGA TAONG HINDI BUMOTO SA IYO AT MAY MGA NAGSABI NA WAG KANG IBOTO KARAPATAN YON NG MGA TAONG IYON SA DEMOCRATICONG BANSA. THAT IS WHAT DEMOCRACY IS ALL ABOUT. BAKIT KA NAUULOL SA GALIT? KUNG NAGSABI SILA NA WAG KANG IBOTO ANONG PAKI MO RUON? KAYA NGA MAY KAMPANYA AT MAY ELECTIONS E. PARA ANG MGA TAO MAMILI AT MAY PROSESO NG PANGHIHIKAYAT PRO AND AGAINST SA BAWAT KANDIDATO. KAILAN PA NAGING MALI AT MASAMA NA MAGSABI NG: “WAG IBOTO SI DUTERTE”? ANG PROBLEMA MO WALANG SINABING GANON PUBLICLY ANG MGA BISHOPS. KUNG HINDI KA BA NAMAN SAKSAKAN NG GUNGGONG WHEN MANALO OR QUIBOLOY ASKED THEIR RELIGIOUS FOLLOWERS TO VOTE FOR YOU IT ALSO MEANT NOT TO VOTE FOR MAR ROXAS, GRACE POE OR JEJOMAR BINAY.

[In an apparent reference to Duterte, the CBCP on May 1 urged the public to reject a “morally reprehensible” candidate who has shown “scant regard” for the rights of others and the teachings of the Church.]

NATURAL. SINONG SIRA ULO ANG BOBOTO SA ISANG MORALLY REPREHENSIBLE? OF COURSE THE CHURCH WILL TELL HER MEMBERS TO VOTE MORALLY UPRIGHT CANDIDATES. EVERY ELECTION YAN ANG PAYO NG MGA OBISPO. BAKIT MALI AT MASAMA BA IYON? IKAW NGA GUSTO MONG PATAYIN ANG MGA MASAMANG TAO SAMANTALANG ANG MGA OBISPO HINDI SILA PINABOBOTO.

[CBCP President Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas has previously criticized Duterte for cursing Pope Francis, whose visit caused heavy traffic in Metro Manila in January 2015, and for the mayor’s statements on killing criminals.]

SINONG MATUTUWA NON? IKAW NGA NAG SORRY KA DUON. YOU EVEN PROMISED TO GO TO VATICAN TO SAY SORRY. PEKE NAMAN PALA. YOU EVEN PROMISED TO PAY P1,000 TO CARITAS DAVAO EACH TIME NA MAGMURA KA. PERO DI MO NAMAN GINAWA. PEKE LANG PALA.

[Duterte, whose civil marriage to Elizabeth Zimmerman is annulled, has openly admitted to being a womanizer. He has also been at odds with human rights advocates for his alleged involvement in the Davao Death Squad and for his tough stance on criminals.]

TALAGANG MAY MGA TAONG WALANG HIYA SA SARILI AT SA PUBLICO. MAY MGA TAONG MALAKAS ANG LOOB IPANGALANDAKAN ANG KANILANG SARILING KABULUKAN TULAD NG PAKIKIAPID NI HERODES AT HUGAS KAMAY NI PILATO.

[He has also made no secret his experience as a child supposedly molested by a priest. During the campaign, he revealed his alleged experiences following the furor caused by his cursing of Pope Francis.

Duterte also castigated a bishop who suggested that he should just file a case against his molester. He said he found this ridiculous.

“Paano ako mag-file? Yung pari died 30 years ago and the incident happened during the 50s. Saan ka makahanap ng venue, ang prescirtpion is about 20 years? Sinong idemanda ko? At sino ang accused?” he said.]

KASALANAN MO YAN? BAKIT HINDI KA NAG FILE NG KASO NUON PA? MAYAMAN AT KILALA SA POLITICA ANG PAMILYA MO SAMANTALANG ANG PARI NA IYON AY SIMPLENG PARI SA ATENEO DE DAVAO. BAKIT HINDI MO KINASUHAN? BAKIT KASALANAN NA PALA NG MGA BISHOPS KUNG HINDI KA NAG FILE NG CASE? O BAKA NAMAN GAWA GAWA MO LANG IYAN PARA PAGTAKPAN ANG KAHIHIYAN MO SA PAGMUMURA SA POPE?

‘SINS OF THE CHURCH ‘

[During Sunday’s early morning press conference, Duterte said Catholic Church leaders should not hold themselves morally superior because their “hypocritical institution” has a long history of wrongdoing.]

WHO SAYS THAT THE BISHOPS HOLD THEMSELVES AS MORALLY SUPERIOR? THE BISHOPS ARE ORDINARY HUMAN BEINGS WHO ARE CALLED BY GOD TO BE SHEPHERDS OF THE FLOCK. IT IS THEIR DUTY TO SPEAK SPIRITUAL AND MORAL TRUTHS FOR THEIR SHEEP. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HAS LONG HISTORY OF WRONGDOING BECAUSE IT IS COMPOSED OF SINFUL PEOPLE. SO JUST BECAUSE THE MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH COMMITTED MISTAKES IN THE PAST YOU WANT TO CHURCH TO STOP CRITICIZING YOU? THAT IS PREPOSTEROUS. YOU CLAIM TO BE VERY PROUD OF YOUR SINS HOW COME YOU ARE ACTING AS IF YOU ARE HURTING WHEN PEOPLE ARE REMINDED OF YOUR OWN EVIL WAYS?

[He also challenged the bishops to a debate so that he can expose, before assuming office on June 30, these alleged sins of the church.]

SA MGA KAPWA MO POLITICO NGA HINDI KA NA MAKASAGOT PAG TINATANONG KA. SA MGA ESTUDIANTE NG UP LOS BANOS NGA LANG HINDI KA NA MAKASAGOT TAPOS MAGTATAPANG TAPANGAN KA NA NGAYON. MATAPANG KA KAPAG NAPAPALIBUTAN KA NG MGA BODYGUARDS MO SUBALIT PAG NASA HARAP KA NG CAMERA AT TINATANONG AANGA-ANGA KA NAMAN.

[“You have been castigating me or criticizing me — you want a debate before I become president? Okay! Sinong…lahat ng bishops d’yan, tumindig kayo. I will tell you the sins of the Catholic Church beginning from the time the institution of the papacy was established,” Duterte said.]

THE SINS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HAS BEEN THROWN AT US ALREADY BY ANTI-CATHOLICS DAY IN AND DAY OUT. THEY ARE ALSO WRITTEN IN OUR VERY OWN BOOKS ON THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH. ANG KATAKUTAN MO ANG PAGBUBUKAS NG IYONG MGA HIDDEN BANK ACCOUNTS SA ORAS NA IKAW AY MAWALA SA PWESTO. HINDI LAHAT NG PANAHON AY NASA TRONO KA NI HERODES. KAWAWA KA NAMAN NGAYON PALANG LASING NA LASING KA NA SA KAPANGYARIHAN.

[“I will lecture until June 29 the sins of the Catholic Church, and whether or not you are still relevant. Alam mo, the most hypocritical institution is the Catholic Church,” he added.]

LAOS NA IYANG DRAMA MO. GINAWA NA IYAN NI MAO, STALIN, NAPOLEON, NERO AT IBA PANG MGA HALIMAW NA TULAD MO SUBALIT SILANG LAHAT AY NAGKANDAMATAY SUBALIT ANG CATHOLIC CHURCH AY CATHOLIC CHURCH PA RIN AT LUMAGO PA.

IKAW TIGNAN MO SA SALAMIN ANG SARILI MO BAKO BAKO NA MUKA MO. PAG NAGSALITA KA SA CAMERA TABINGI NA BUNGANGA MO. SABI MO SA MGA BUSINESSMEN UMIINOM KA NA NG VIAGRA. IBIG SABIHIN INUTIL KA NA NATURALLY. MAHIGIT 70 KA NA. SAKITIN KA NA NGA. MAUUNA KANG MAGING ABO… MAUUNA KANG UUURIN ANG KATAWANG LUPA NA GINAGAMIT MO SA KAHALAYAN SUBALIT ANG CATHOLIC CHURCH AY CATHOLIC CHURCH PA RIN NGAYON SA BUKAS AT SA MGA SUSUNOD NA HENERASYON.

HINDI ANG URI MO ANG MAGPAPABAGSAK SA CATHOLIC CHURCH.

[The incoming 16th Philippine president also said he can name bishops who allegedly took mistresses.

“If I start to name the bishops who got married or about the women in their lives, sasabog itong [simbahang] Katoliko,” he said. “Do not think you are the moralizing agents of the society. As long as you are a human being, you are going to fall down… You’re all pageantry.”]

BAKA NAMAN MGA PATAY NA BISHOPS ANG PANGALANAN NIA. PARA SA GANON LIGTAS SIYA. WELL, IF HE WILL DO THAT SO BE IT.

[He criticized priests and bishops who ask for favors from him and other politicians, recalling how certain bishops were heavily criticized for asking money from the Arroyo administration so they could buy SUVs.]

THE BISHOPS CONCERN FACED THE SENATE INVESTIGATION AND WERE FOUND INNOCENT OF THE ACCUSATIONS. THEY WERE BISHOPS FROM THE POOREST OF THE POOREST PLACES OF THE PHILIPPINES SUCH AS BASILAN, COTABATO, BONDOC LAGAWE AND OTHERS WHO ASKED FOR HELP TO SUPPORT THE CHARITABLE WORKS FOR THE WELFARE OF THEIR PEOPLE.

THEY WERE GIVEN SECOND-HAND VEHICLES AND THEY RETURNED THEM. UNLIKE YOU MR. DIGONG THAT AFTER YOU’VE BEEN FOUND RECEIVING EXPENSIVE GIFTS YOU HIDE THEM STILL AND DIDN’T RETURN THEM. MAS MASAMA KA DUON AT MAS IPOCRITO.

[Some of the bishops had admitted to having expensive cars, saying they used these vehicles to go to far-flung areas. They were later tagged later as “Pajero bishops”.

This, Duterte said, amounts to graft and corruption, and also violated the principle of separation of Church and State.]

PAPANONG MAGIGING GRAFT AND CORRUPTION IYON DAHIL HINDI PAJERO HININGI NILA KUNDI MGA SECOND HAND CARS. AT HUMINGI SILA SA TAMANG AHENSIYA NG GOBIERNO AT IYON AY BINIGAY SA KANILA NG AYON SA BATAS.

NAGDUNONG DUNUNGAN KA NA NAMAN SA SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE IKAW NGA HUMALIK SA PAA NI MANALO PARA MAKAKUHA NG BOTO NG IGLESIA AT HUMIMOD KAY QUIBOLOY PARA MAKAGAMIT NG MGA EROPLANO, HELICOPTER AT MAMAHALING SASAKYAN.

ANG GALING MO RIN MANIRA PERO ANG SARILI MONG KABULUKAN HINDI MO NAKIKITA.

[“Panahon ni Arroyo naghingian kayo… That is graft and corruption, hindi niyo alam ‘yan, plus separation of church and state,” Duterte said.]

KELAN PA NAGING MASAMA MANGHINGI? SILA AY NANGHINGI SA AHENSIYA NA NAGBIBIGAY TULONG. BAKIT IKAW TUMATANGGAP NG MGA EXPENSIVE GIFTS MULA KAY QUIBOLOY?

[“Iyung ibang tao sa Pilipinas walang makain, walang medisina and you were enjoying the money of the god**** people of the Philippines by riding on that. Hindi na kayo nahiya n’yan. P******** kayo.”]

ABA, MALALA NA ANG TAKBO NG ISIP NITO. BAKA NAKAKALIMUTAN MO ANG ANG CATHOLIC CHURCH ANG NO. 1 INSTITUTION OF CHARITY DITO SA BANSANG ITO AT SA BUONG MUNDO. ANO BA NAITULONG MO? HOY ANG GINAGAWA MO SA DAVAO HINDI MO SARILING PERA. IYAN AY PERA NG TAONG BAYAN. KAYA HINDI TULONG ANG GINAGAWA MO DAHIL TRABAHO MO IYON. ANG CATHOLIC CHURCH AY HINDI TUMATANGGAP NG TAXES NG TAO SUBALIT MAS MARAMING NAITUTULONG KESA SA IYO.

[Duterte, who has been Davao City mayor for over 20 years, said Catholic leaders have also approached him for various requests.

“You ask so many favors even from me. I can show you the letters… ‘Pag mayroon kayo, hingi dito, hingi [doon] tapos kung magsalita kayo, kayo lang ang marunong,” he said.]

NATURAL, IKAW ANG MAYOR E. KUNG IBA ANG MAYOR AT HINDI IKAW LALAPITAN DIN NILA KUNG SINO MAN ANG NAKA UPONG MAYOR. AYAW MO PALANG LAPITAN KA NG MGA OBISPO E BAKIT KA NAG MAYOR? ANO BA YAN? GANYAN NA BA KATANGA ANG MGA MAYOR SA DAIGDIG NA ITO? 

[Duterte maintained, however, that he believes in God, but he does not need religion to show his faith.]

TALAGA? WOW NAMAN. PARANG TOTOO. PERO PAGKAILANGAN NG BOTO NANDUON KA KAY EDUARDO MANALO AT KAY QUIBOLOY AT MAY PRAYER BLESSING KA PA KAY PASTOR EDDIE VILLANUEVA. HA HA HA… ANG GALING MO RIN MANLOKO NG TAO PATI SARILI MO NALOLOKO MO NA. KUNG AYAW MO SA RELIGION E DI WOW. HINDI KAWALAN SA RELIGION ANG TULAD MONG PLASTIC AT WALANG BAIT SA SARILI. IKAW ANG NAWALAN HINDI KAMI.

[“I have this deep, abiding faith in God but that does not mean that you have to have a religion, you have to follow somebody, that you have to get a message from this and that,” he said.]

REALLY MAY DEEP AND ABIDING FAITH IN GOD KA? HA HA HA OK. YOU SOUND CONVINCING. IF THAT IS TRUE BAKIT KAILANGAN MO PANG SABIHIN YAN? IPAKITA MO NA LANG. KASI HINDI OBVIOUS. HA HA HA…

[“Why would I have to go to a human being to whisper my sins and ask for forgiveness from him? Who are you to listen to my sins and give me absolution? You are not God.”]

WELL AYAW MONG MAGPATAWAD NG KASALANAN ANG KAPWA TAO MO KASI PARA SA IYO ANG FUNCTIONS NG RELIGIOUS LEADERS AY HUTHUTAN NG EROPLANO, HELICOPTER AT MAMAHALING SASAKYAN. ANG GALING NAMAN.

[After winning the presidential elections, the Duterte camp said the mayor planned to go to theVatican to personally apologize and meet the Pope and He has since dropped this plan, saying it would be an exercise in duplicity since he already sent an apology letter to Pope Francis.]

MAS MABUTI NGA IYAN KASI NAKIKITA LALO NG MGA TAO NA DOBLE CARA KA. HINDI PALA PAGBABAGO ANG IYONG DALA KUNDI PABAGO-BAGO. TAMA NGA HINDI KA NAGTATAGLAY NG KAPAYAPAAN KUNDI PAGKAKAWATAK WATAK. HINDI PA NAKA UPO LABIS LABIS NA ANG PAGKA-LANGO SA KAPANGYARIHAN.

NAKAKAAWA KA GINOONG DIGONG. NGAYON PA LANG PINAKIKITA MO NA ANG PANGIL AT KAITIMAN NG PAGKATAO MO SA BUONG MUNDO.

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