‘We pray for him’- Bishop says Duterte a ‘very sick man’
A Manila prelate on Friday urged Catholics to pray for President Rodrigo Duterte, whom he described
as a “very sick man” after the firebrand leader called saints “stupid” and “drunkards.”
On November 1, Duterte once again sparked anger in Asia’s biggest Catholic nation for poking fun at Christians’
celebration of “All Saints Day,” saying in jest that the Church should just recognize him as a patron saint instead of observing the holiday.
festival, where he urged Catholics to “emulate our saints.”
In a social media post, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines vice president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo
Virgilio David told the faithful to remember one of Christ’s teachings: “To be merciful when dealing with sick people.”
“There’s nothing new about our saints called ‘fools and drunkards.’ St. John the Baptist called ‘devil-possessed.’
Jesus himself called a ‘glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners,’” David wrote in a Facebook post.
Bolted horns with Church
“I think it should obvious to people by now that our country led by a very sick man. We pray for him.
We pray for our country,” he added.
a noteworthy political and social clout in the overwhelmingly Catholic Philippines and has effectively battled
against his lethal war on medications.
Further, Duterte prior blended up a hornet’s home after he considered the Christian God a “doltish bastard” for making Adam and Eve just to enable their immaculateness to decimated by enticement.
In the midst of stewing kickback, Duterte pledged to promptly leave if Christians can demonstrate that their God exists through a selfie. He later issued an open statement of regret and advised religious specialists to “never utilize the name of God as a front to assault the legislature.”