Bishops defend church, says not even a million Dutertes can destroy it

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Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes in Radyo Veritas on April 1, 2017 (Saturday)that the Catholic Church has been consistently attacked in the past 2,000 years and still stand strong, thus, not even a million President Rodrigo Dutertes will be able to bring it down.
Despite Duterte's constant tirades against the Church, Bastes asserts that “The Lord Jesus said to Peter that not even the gates of hell can destroy the Church. Napoleon thought he could destroy it but failed! A million of Duterte’s will never succeed in harming it. Everything will be passé but the Church will give way only to the dawning of God's Kingdom, whose image on earth is the Catholic Church."

These statements were said after Duterte claimed on March 30, 2017 (Thursday) that the Catholic Church will be "passe" or outdated 30 years from now because of the abuses of the clergy.

Duterte added that the Church, along with the media, are the "oligarchs" or elites of society.

However, other bishops claimed that the Church cannot be put down despite these criticisms.
Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles that while Duterte wishes for this misfortune to befall the Church, "Many others before wished and tried vehemently to put an end to the Church. They never succeed these two thousand years."
Bishop Pablo Virgilio David also rallied to the aid of the Church and said that attacks like Duterte's and issues of clergy abuse would only strengthen Catholicism saying that "Attacks from outside never weaken but further strengthen the church. Weakness (immorality, sensuality, infidelity, materialism) especially of its leaders enfeebles the Church but can never end it, because while the members of Christ struggle so much against human weakness Christ Himself is God."

Source: GMA News Online

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  1. I think of all the knowledge and so called wisdom he should have just in return deprived him of common sense that it is not Du30 or the people that will destroy the Church but the Priest themselves who are putting the church in shame. If the Bishops and priests become the wolves themselves and serve their own interest in lambs clothing then it is indeed the start of the end of the Catholic Church unless the good priests decide to rid themselves the bad potatoes in the Archdiocese...

  2. Excuse me father... I have examined a few rape victims committed by catholic priest... it is not DU30 or a million of his followers that is going to destroy the catholic church, but rather you and your fellow bad priest are doing the job on your own. Guess what? None had progressed in court due to settlement... and where do you think they got the money to settle? Yes... DONATIONS! That is the main reason I stopped donating money in church but decided to give food and clothing directly to those who need them, bypassing the catholic church.

  3. No one is trying to destroy the church except you priests, bishops yourselves. Gone were the days when there was so much respect and high regards to you. Even I, myself grew up in a Catholic school, until college...but my respect dwindled. Please listen to yourself. You sound more like Trillanes and company. Though there may be few of you left, who are respectable, but by the way it goes, you are ruining it. If you can't even respect yourself don't use the name of God, and Jesus. Cory Aquino is gone, so don't cling to her policies. Move on...the right way...please.


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