Cebu archbishop tells Duterte: Think first before opening your mouth.
Archbishop of the largest archdiocese in the country slams President Rodrigo Duterte for the latter’s remarks on the church being “passe” 30 years from now.
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“The President has forgotten that the Catholic Church has been here for over 2,000 years now,” Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma said after holding the annual Chrism Mass in Cebu City.
“Emperors and kings come and go but the Church has remained,” Palma added.
The bishop retorted the President’s claims that the Church will be irrelevant three decades from now because of the abuses done by its clergy.
“The President should know that the Catholic Church persists not because of its bishops and priests, but because of God,” Palma said after he explained that Christianity is enduring that not even “the gates of hell” will “prevail against the Church.”
Palma even said during his homily that the killings attributed to the illegal drug wars and the President’s expletive-laden speeches have become the “moral illness” of the Philippines.
“The apparent indifference toward the killings in the war on drugs is but a moral illness. Enjoying and laughing at speeches peppered with curses and bad words is also a moral illness. And so we say Lord, heal our land,” he said.
Amidst these controversies, Palma asked his clergy, priests, and lay people to spread the good news to people.
“We are evangelizers. Instead of presenting what is evil, let us tell the good news to people, and the good news is that amid the bad things that happen, there is still a bright spot in our community. Let us not forget that God is with us,” Palma said.
He asked the people during the Chrism Mass to “pray for your priests so that in doing our tasks, we may lead you to Christ. And please pray for me, your bishop, so that I may become a good shepherd and teacher.”
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