Ooopps, he did it again! President Rodrigo Duterte is back at challenging the Catholic Church and its teaching after firing up his recent remarks to willingly step down the Presidency if God’s existence could be proven to him through a… selfie.
During a speech in Davao City, the tough-talking President said anyone among the billions of Catholic Church believers could be up for the challenge.
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“But if there is somebody of the so many billions, maybe if he can go there in Heaven, talk to God, and magpa-selfie sila at bumalik siya rito at sabihin ng pari there is [a] God, I will step down tomorrow,” Duterte said.
But President made it clear that he has a “deep and abiding faith” in the God he believes in,
“I have this deep and abiding faith in God but my God, my concept of God is [based] sa values ko sa buhay, the lessons I learned in life the hard way and ‘yung capacity to seek someone who has a universal mind,” he said.
“I do not think of my God as a God na applicable dito otherwise there would be no widespread injustice, hunger, killings. Kaya sabi ko nga ‘wag kayo magalit mga pari,” he added.
It could be recalled that earlier a few weeks back, President Duterte once again drew flak from Catholic Church and other religious groups after he controversially called God “stupid” and questioned some of the Church’s teaching including the story of creation, the existence of purgatory, and even the 12 Apostles becoming saints.
But despite the left and right tirades against God and Christian teaching, Duterte reportedly formed a four-man committee to have a dialogue with different religious groups and he is also scheduled to meet with Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) head Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles to calm down the rift between the Church and the government.
Source: ABS-CBN News