MANILA - Will another dialogue between Catholic bishops and President Rodrigo Duterte finally put an end to the worsening word war between the two camps? An official of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had this question amid talk of another discussion between Church leaders and the firebrand leader. Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of CBCP's Permanent Committee on Public Affairs, said there is still no guarantee that Duterte will stop hurling attacks against the clergy even if they agree to hold another meeting. "Can that dialogue stop the president from hurling invectives, threats and insults to the Catholic Church? It may appear to be a noble initiative but the last time it happened, nothing of what was expected came out of it," Secillano said in an interview with Radio Veritas on Thursday. The priest added that instead of focusing on his tirades against the prelates, the government should direct their efforts in addressing more … [Read more...] about News CBCP exec: Will fresh dialogue stop Duterte’s attacks vs bishops?
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MANILA - Malacañang on Thursday urged Catholic bishops not to meddle in the affairs of the state, as more prelates have come out to condemn President Rodrigo Duterte’s violent rhetoric towards the members of the clergy. At least 3 bishops have publicly criticized Duterte for suggesting that bishops should be killed, and for seeking to invalidate Catholic doctrines. Kill rich bishops, Duterte tells 'tambays' Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos said Duterte’s presidency is a disgrace to the country, while Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani challenged the President to roam the streets without security escorts. The latest to score Duterte was the outspoken Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, who he is more worried that the President’s attacks on the Catholic Church will impact him more than affect the religious institution. Archbishop Villegas says he's more worried for Duterte than the Church Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said going by … [Read more...] about News As more bishops bash Duterte, Palace tells Church not to meddle in state’s affairs
MANILA- Activist "running priest" Robert Reyes called on Filipino prelates on Thursday to answer President Rodrigo Duterte after the latter said bishops are better off dead. Duterte, in a speech on Wednesday, said bishops have no use. He has recently stepped up his verbal attacks against Catholic prelates, especially against Caloocan Bishop Pablo David, one of his most ardent critics in the Catholic Church. “Itong mga obispo ninyo, patayin ninyo. Walang silbi iyang mga gagong iyan. (Kill your bishops. They have no use.) All they do is criticize,” Duterte said in a speech in Malacañang. 'Patayin ninyo': Duterte says bishops better off dead Reyes appealed specifically to Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle. “Puwede magsalita na kayo Cardinal Tagle? (Can you speak up Cardinal Tagle?) Let us help one another, not another priest killed," he told ABS-CBN News in an interview. Four priests were killed from December 2017 to June 2018, prompting an … [Read more...] about News ‘Running priest’ Robert Reyes asks bishops to stand up to Duterte
By Michael Biesecker Jeff Horwitz Juan A. Lozano The Associated Press Sat., May 19, 2018 SANTA FE, TEXAS—The Texas student charged in the shooting at Santa Fe High School described planning the attack in private journals, including a plan to kill himself, posted an image on Facebook of a “Born to Kill” shirt and used his father’s shotgun and pistol in the rampage that left 10 dead and 10 wounded, authorities said Friday. A motive wasn’t immediately clear, but Gov. Greg Abbott said Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, wrote about planning the attack in journals on his computer and in his cellphone that police obtained. That was inconsistent with the portrait painted by his friends — a reserved young man, an athlete who had discussed wanting to own guns but didn’t talk of killing people. It may have been what Pagourtzis hoped would happen, as according to an affidavit filed Friday when he was charged with capital murder, he told … [Read more...] about Teen laid out Texas attack plans in journals, officials say
By Michael Biesecker Jeff Horwitz And Juan A. Lozano, The Associated Press Fri., May 18, 2018 SANTA FE, TEXAS—The Texas student in custody in the school shooting at Santa Fe High School is described as quiet and unassuming, an avid video game player who routinely wore a black trench coat and black boots to class. Two law enforcement officials have identified a person in custody in the Houston-area school shooting as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis. The officials were not authorized to publicly discuss the shooting and spoke on condition of anonymity. Pagourtzis had played football on the school’s junior varsity squad and danced as part of a church group. Those who know him expressed shock Friday that he might be involved in the killings. Read more: Article Continued Below At least 10 people killed in Texas high school shooting, suspect in custody Parkland students react to Texas shooting on social media Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said 10 people … [Read more...] about Texas teen held in Sante Fe school shooting described as quiet, unassuming