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Caloocan bishop: ‘Our country is being led by a very sick man’

By: - Reporter / @FMOrellanaINQ
/ 10:58 AM November 03, 2018

Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David has asked the public to pray for President Rodrigo Duterte, whom he described as a “very sick man.”

“Please remember, Jesus taught us to be merciful when dealing with sick people,” the bishop said in a Facebook post on Friday.

“I think it should (be) obvious to people by now that our country is being led by a very sick man. We pray for him. We pray for our country,” he added.

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David was reacting to a comment made by the President where he mocked the Catholic celebration of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

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“Happy All Saints’…Bakit naman…tarantado talaga itong mga Katoliko ang puta, bakit ba may All Souls’ Day at All Saints’ Day?” Duterte said during a conference on Thursday.

“Hindi natin alam kung sino mga santo na ‘yun. Mga gago na iyon, mga lasenggo. Dito na lang kayo. I’ll give you a patron. Get hold of a picture of mine, iyan lagay niyo sa altar, Santo Rodrigo,” he said.

READ: Duterte mocks Filipinos’ celebration of ‘Undas’

Despite the President’s mocking, David said calling saints as fools and drunkards are “nothing new.” He said even Jesus was called a “glutton and a drunkard.”

“There’s nothing new about our saints being called ‘fools and drunkards.’ St. John the Baptist was even called ‘devil-possessed.’ Jesus himself was called a ‘glutton and a drunkard,’ a ‘friend of tax collectors’ and sinners,” David said.

“The apostles at Pentecost were also called ‘drunkards.’ To be a Christian is to be ready to be branded as a fool for Christ,” he added.  /muf

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