MANILA, Dec. 1, 2015— The Catholic bishops’ leadership cried foul over presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte’s cursing of Pope Francis.
CBCP President and Archbishop Socrates Villegas said that “vulgarity is corruption” and lamented that people become “beastly and barbaric” when they still find it funny.
“When a revered and loved and admired man like Pope Francis is cursed by a political candidate and the audience laugh, I can only bow my head and grieve in great shame. My countrymen has gone to the dregs,” he said.
Duterte yesterday cursed the Pope after he was trapped in heavy traffic in Manila during the papal visit last January.
Shown on national television, some people laughing can also be heard after the tough-talking presidential aspirant’s remarks.
Saying that corruption is a “monster and devil with many faces,” the CBCP head also condemned crimes such as murder and adultery as part of “a great scourge of Philippine politics”.
“Killing people is corruption. Killing is a crime and a sin whether it is done by criminals or public officials no matter what the intention,” Archbishop Villegas said.
“Adultery is corruption. It makes married love cheap and uses people for pleasure. Adultery corrupts the family; it destroys children and victimizes the weak,” he added.
Archbishop Villegas said that the world today “desperately” needs a leadership by example, adding that they too must be “visionaries and exemplary”.
“Is this the leadership by example that Mayor Duterte excites in us? Is this the leadership by example that makes a public official deserving of the title ‘Honorable’”? he said. (CBCPNews)