- Dec 10, 2019
Catholic bishops accused of plotting to oust Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte have submitted their response to sedition charges.
Catholics in a northern Philippines archdiocese marched in support of church leaders accused of conspiring to overthrow President Rodrigo Duterte.
A former head of the Philippines’ Catholic bishop’s conference, has called on people to ignore President Rodrigo Duterte’s repeated rants against the church.
Filipino Catholic devotees, including a woman, were nailed to wooden crosses in a gory Good Friday reenactment of Jesus Christ’s sufferings that was watched by thousands of spectators but frowned upon by Church leaders.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila questioned the actions of “kings who use violence” to intimidate the weak as he led Palm Sunday observances that opened Holy Week.
Archbishop Socrates Villegas – outgoing president of the Philippines bishops’ conference – said clergy, politicians and security forces need to repent for complacency, ambition for power and instilling fear rather than respect. Rights groups and local media have reported 7,000-12,000 deaths as a result of police operations and unexplained killings in the 17 months since President Rodrigo Duterte took office after running on a platform to rid the country of criminals.