- Feb 17, 2020
Since he took office in June last year, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered law enforcement to eliminate what he calls the country’s “drug problem,” ordering officers to kill drug offenders and users. Rights groups say more than 7,000 people have been killed since then.
Jesuit Father Antonio Moreno, the head of the order in the Philippines, wrote a pastoral letter saying “guns and bullets alone” cannot solve the country’s drug problem. More than 3,200 drug suspects have been gunned down by police since President Rodrigo Duterte launched a crackdown a year ago.
A parishioner of an upscale church in Georgetown has found a new home in El Salvador where she finds that the Stations of the Cross are a often a reality rather than a symbolic act on Easter. “Every week is Holy Week here,” because of the suffering, says Margie Legowski.
“Sometimes when the gunfights are going on, I have gone out with a megaphone and told them to stop. I say: ‘Respect life, stop! In the name of the children, the women and Jesus Christ, I ask you to stop shooting,’ and they do,” Father Gerardo Ouisse said describing a scene in his rough neighborhood.
After a drug deal gone bad resulted in the shooting of a man in a Catholic church parking lot, the Burlington Bishop wrote a statement asking the Catholic community “to stand resolutely against gun violence and illegal drug use and to continue to support our law enforcement officials in carrying out their work as they serve the common good.”
A priest in the northern Argentine city of San Miguel de Tucumán who had denounced drug cartels was found dead in his rectory on Wednesday, with it remaining unclear for now whether he was killed by the cartels or committed suicide.