- Jul 8, 2020
On any list of the most consequential Catholic nations, the Philippines would easily finish in the top five, and there’s a good case to be made that it’s #1. Today, the Catholic Church in the Philippines is in crisis, driven by polarized responses to new President Rodrigo Duterte.
In response to a controversial drug war under Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte, the country’s bishops led by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, and Catholic parishes are working with local government to provide drug rehab and prevention centers.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has faced stiff opposition to his use of violence from his country’s Catholic bishops, raised the rhetoric over his bloody anti-crime war to a new level Friday, comparing it to Hitler and the Holocaust and saying he would be “happy to slaughter” 3 million addicts.