President Duterte: ‘The Catholic Church Will Be Gone in 25 Years’
Philippine President spoke at a public event in the nation’s capital, Manila
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has issued another scathing attack on the Roman Catholic Church, claiming it will be unable to survive the controversies surrounding child sex abuse.
Duterte, who spoke at a public event in the nation’s capital, Manila, warned the church would 'disappear' in 25 years and that its demise would be the result of escalating sexual abuse cases and corruption in high ranking clergy.
“This Catholic [Church] will disappear. In almost 25 years, it will disappear. No more, people will forget it,” Duterte said on Monday.
“People won’t forget the ways of Catholic clergy,” he added.
"When they get horny, the sons of b****es, they go after nuns. If they’re gay, they go after young boys. Who needs religion like that," Duterte blasted.
The Philippino President's spokesperson, Salvador Panelo, clarified his remarks were saying he was referring to “certain men in the cloth that have violated their own vows,” and not the Catholic church as a whole.
“I think that’s a healthy criticism. It will help the Catholic Church cleanse itself and purge itself of those not deserving of being there,” he told reporters, adding that Duterte’s criticism was his “opinion.”
Over 80 percent of Filipinos identify themselves as Roman Catholic, as the church remains influential in the country.
President Duterte recent crackdown on drugs prompted criticism from Catholic priests.
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Duterte, who had alleged that a priest abused him as a teenager, has repeatedly blasted the church.
He called the bishops “useless fools” and said the clergy is “full of s***.”
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV also slammed Duterte after he called God “stupid” in Asia’s largest Catholic country.
Trillanes IV shot back Monday described Duterte as “one evil man” and his remarks as “very much consistent with the deceitfulness, heartlessness, and ruthlessness of his policies.”
In January, a poll revealed Catholics in the US have lost faith in clergy members and no longer trust church officials following a series of child abuse scandals and cover-ups, according to a poll.
A Gallup poll released earlier this year shows that less than a third of Catholics in the United States rate the honesty and ethical standards of clergy as “very high” or “high,” marking a record low and a significant drop from the previous annual survey.