Much has been said on both sides of the issue. Duterte has always been straightforward to his tirades against the priests and the Catholic church, and he is right all along.
Recently, Vatican held a 4-day sexual abuse summit tackling the serious issue circulating around the inner walls of Catholic churches since time immemorial.
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“It’s true,” Francis said. “There are priests and bishops who have done that.” (NYTimes)
The pope recently condoned bishops and church dignitaries in the meeting. Citing the sexual abuse has been a global issue on both religious and moral sects. It was the first time that the Vatican publicly admitted the issue.
Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said Feb. 20 the meeting will be an “interdicasterial meeting” of members of the Vatican offices connected to the issue of abuse, though he did not say exactly who would be present. It was noted that the meeting will also include experts on the protection of minors. (CNA)
Pope Francis urged the committee to come up with concrete actions not just accusations of the issue. He encouraged the committee to hear the cry of the victims and that justice should be given to them. He urged the bishops to discuss it in a synodal and sincere manner.
Meanwhile, Cardinal Tagle of the Philippines and the Catholic Church has been critical to Duterte since he took the presidential position. It became a somewhat “tirade episode” of both parties, especially when the issue about extra-judicial killings was a hot topic.
Tagle made the remark after Duterte attacked the Catholic Church for lecturing about morality despite its supposed failure to address the sexual abuses involving the clergy. (Philstar)
Attended the summit at the Vatican. Cardinal Tagle made a “pained admission”– (CNNPhilippines), of the president’s tirade against the Catholic Church and some of its clergies’ misconducts. It also brought enlightenment to the hypocrisy that has been going on inside the walls of the Catholic churches.
The Catholic Church had received numerous criticisms from the Filipinos, especially from Duterte’s supporters for showing biases, hypocrisies and inappropriate sermons against Duterte and his leadership. Now that this summit was established, it is therefore a heed to the religious organization to refrain from malicious accusations and semantic languages just to point out their disapproval of Duterte’s presidency. In the first place, the church should mind their own business, unless it concerns religious degradation.
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