- Jul 15, 2020
In response to the killing of thousands of people in the Philippines’ “war on drugs,” the president of the Philippine bishops’ conference wrote a public letter on the 31st anniversary of the peaceful People Power revolution, which led to the ouster of President Ferdinand Marcos.
President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress to revive the death penalty, preferably by public hanging. That, along with his pro-birth control stance and threats to kill criminals, has put him on a collision course with the church in Asia’s largest Catholic nation.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines condemned President Rodrigo Duterte, in a pastoral letter saying that his war on drugs has led to a “reign of terror in many places of the poor.” In response, Duterte invited all those who wish to end drugs to “join” him in Hell.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered government agencies to ensure free access to contraceptives for 6 million women who cannot obtain them, officials said Wednesday, in a move expected to be opposed by the bishops of the world’s third largest Catholic nation.
Although some issues facing the Catholic Church are global, such as the fall out from Pope Francis’s document ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ others are more local, and the holiday season gave Catholic leaders a chance to voice those more local concerns.
The Philippine House of Representatives will soon vote on reinstating capital punishment, generating outcry from the Catholic bishops in the country. Yet, President Rodrigo Duterte still holds high popularity ratings despite his tough-on-crime approach in the 80 percent Catholic country.