The Catholic Church should be transparent and accountable to protect its credibility
following criticism from President Rodrigo Duterte’s tirades, a sociologist of religion said Tuesday.
Duterte has repeatedly hurled insults against the Catholic Church, at one time calling it the
“most hypocritical institution.” Over the weekend, he said only a “stupid” God would allow his
own creation to be destroyed, as he accordingly reflected to the creation story in the Bible.
“Kung mayroong mga allegations about corruption or sex abuses na hindi nabibigyan ng pansin,
maraming mga taong magsasabi, ‘Eh, bakit ako makikinig sa Simbahang Katoliko?’” Professor Jayeel Cornelio told
(On the off chance that there are claims about debasement and sex mishandle that were overlook
previously, individuals may state: ‘For what reason would it be advisable for me to tune in to the Catholic Church?’)
Hence Mass participation has diminished reliably from 1991 to 2017. A year ago, it slid to 40 percent from
60 percent in 2016, said Cornelio, refering to a study.
Pattern to relate
Meanwhile the pattern can be related with the fading religiosity of Filipinos and the loss of the Church’s validity, he said.
On the off chance that the Church stays silent despite the President’s verbal strikes, open consideration will be occupied from squeezing national concerns, he said.
“Tinutuligsa [ni Duterte] yung debasement, tinutuligsa niya yung sex misuse et cetera. Thus, kapag hindi kinonfront ‘far off ng Simbahang Katoliko, magmumukha tuloy na nagtatago ang Simbahang Katoliko,” he told DZMM.
(Duterte is condemning asserted debasement, sex misuse et cetera. In the event that the Catholic Church does not defy these, it would have all the earmarks of being concealing something)
“Does it work? It works for the President,” he said.