MANILA—Malacañang on Thursday welcomed recent "expressions of concern" by Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas for President Rodrigo Duterte's well-being. In a statement, Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the government considers it as "an invitation to a healthy, mature and constructive discourse between the Church and the State." The statement came after Villegas said he is worried that Duterte's attacks on the Catholic Church will impact him more than the religious institution he is targeting. Archbishop Villegas says he's more worried for Duterte than the Church Panelo, however, said Duterte is "as healthy as a bull given his age and punishing schedule." "While he is at it, Archbishop Villegas may thus wish to implore the Heavens to bless the President with good health so he can accomplish more for our country," he said. Panelo added that Church leaders do not need to "act distressed and manifest their unpleasant comments against the … [Read more...] about News Archbishop’s ‘concern’ for Duterte signals ‘healthy’ gov’t-Church discourse: Palace
Lincoln bishops palace
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?
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
Palace on 'word war' between Duterte, Church: Let it be Ryan Macasero (philstar.com) - January 17, 2019 - 2:27pm MANILA, Philippines — What would it take to end the “word war” between President Rodrigo Duterte and the Catholic Church? “According to Bishop Soc (Villegas) it does not affect the church. Eh di wala (so nothing),” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told Malacañang reporters Thursday afternoon. “They're just engaged in polemics.” Duterte began stepping up his criticism of the Church in 2017 and in 2018, attacking the Church has become a part of almost every public speech of the president. Lingayan-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, former Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines president, told DZMM in an interview Wednesday night, “I am more worried for the president than the Church.” READ: A look at the Church's 'tirades' … [Read more...] about Palace on ‘word war’ between Duterte, Church: Let it be
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