President Rodrigo Duterte has formed a committee to hold a dialogue with the Catholic
Church as the chief executive sought to mend ties with the institution and other Christian groups.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the team will be composed of himself, political
strategist and self-proclaimed civic leader Pastor “Boy” Saycon, and Foreign Affairs Undersecretary
Roque said Saycon has been offer directions to contact the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the
Philippines (CBCP) and that he would before long connect with the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches.
“Ang tema ng pag-uusap ay kung paano mabawasan ang hidwaan sa pagitan ng gobyerno at simbahan,”
Roque said in a press preparation in Davao City.
(The topic of the talks would be the manner by which to decrease pressures amongst government and the congregation.)
“Alam ko may partition of chapel and state, hindi kailangang makipagdayalogo, pero minabuti na ng
presidente, sige buksan natin ang proseso ng dayalogo.”
(I know there’s partition of chapel and state, there ought to be no requirement for exchange, yet the President thought it best to start the procedure of discourse.)
The organization looked for the discourse following Duterte’s disputable comment calling God “moronic” as he talked about the creation story in the Bible.
In a discourse on Monday evening, he shielded his comment saying it is valid.
The President, who was up a Catholic, guarantee that he was not alluding to his own particular God when he marks God as imbecilic.
“Wala akong sinabing torpe ang ginoo ko (I didn’t state my God was doltish),” he said.
“Your God isn’t my God in light of the fact that your God is imbecilic. Mine has a great deal of sound judgment.”
Privilege to “tie”
Duterte included that no one has the privilege to “tie” him to a specific conviction, and that it is dependent upon him regardless of whether to put stock in God.
“In the event that I pick not to put stock in any God, what’s the “f*****g thing about it? It’s about the opportunity to pick one,” he said.
He said he rather puts stock in an “all inclusive being” who is “more preeminent than whatever is left of the divine forces of men.”
Duterte has since quite a while ago censured the administration of the Catholic Church in the Philippines over claimed lip service.
The Catholic Church has been a vocal pundit of Duterte’s war on drugs, refering to unexplained killings. The organization has affirmed that it was not behind vigilante kills and that those slaughtered in sedate attacks had opposed capture.