"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Philippine President-elect mocks Saints and the Catholic Church... again!

Photo source: Monk's Hobbit
President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte, who was hailed from Mindanao, once again mocks the Catholic Church. And at this time, he mocks saints and Catholic practice of venerating them. According to this news, he mocks the saints by joking on having difficulty choosing between more than 5,000 declared saints to pray for. And blurted out that there is only ONE GOD and his "name" is ALLAH.

'Allah' is NOT a name but it's an Arabic word الله‎ which is the English equivalent for 'god' or 'God'. Therefore to say that God's name is 'allah' is erroneously incorrect.  His name, according to Judeo-Christian tradition is 'Yahweh' or 'Jehovah' or mostly substituted with 'Elohim' or 'Adonai'.

The 'SAINTS' aren't gods. They're like us. They live like us but died a heroic death for God and His Church. In other words, they are Christianity's heroes worthy of emulation. And in particular, we Catholics venerated them because we firmly believe the saints OFFER our prayers before the throne of God (Rev. 5:8).  

And as his followers liked his revolting commentaries, he even went beyond INSULTING THE HOLY SCRIPTURES Those were written 3,000 years ago. Ano ba pakialam natin sa kanilang sinulat?”

Let's pray for his leadership and be vigilant for we cannot be complacent with his detestable, very distasteful and very destructive strong worded comments on the Catholic Church and our bishops and priests. -CD2000
Duterte makes fun of Catholic Church’s practices
By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated June 27, 2016

MANILA, Philippines - President-elect Rodrigo Duterte Monday made fun of the practices of the Roman Catholic Church, which has been critical of his stance on family planning and death penalty.

Duterte, in particular, joked about the Catholic practice of venerating saints, people officially recognized by the Church as models of the faith.

“I believe in one God Allah. Period,” he said during his last flag ceremony as Davao City mayor. Allah is the name of the God worshipped by Muslims.

Duterte’s discomfort with Catholicism, it seems, stemmed from his unpleasant experiences when he was still a child. He recalled that when he was a child, his mother Soledad would punish him by asking him to kneel before an altar.

"I told Jesus, help me. He said I can’t help a naughty boy,” he said in jest.

Duterte said in the Catholic faith, there are about 5,000 saints to choose from.

“You choose your saint: San Tiago, Santo Isabelo, Santo Roman, Santilmo, Santo Rodrigo,” the next Philippine president said, drawing laughs from the audience.

“St. Peter himself loves cockfighting,” he said in jest, referring to the apostle whose symbol in art is the rooster.

According to the Christian Bible, a rooster crowed after St. Peter disowned Jesus Christ.

Roman Catholicism is a monotheistic religion, which means that it worships only one God, Jesus Christ. Catholics do not worship saints but only venerate or respect them.

Duterte said he has been at odds with the Catholic Church because of its opposition to artificial family planning methods. He noted that in Davao City, pills, ligation and other birth control methods are accessible to couples.

“I go against the Church because its position is not realistic,” the tough-talking leader said.

Duterte has called the Catholic Church “the most hypocritical institution” for its supposed failure to practice what it teaches. He claimed that bishops continue to teach morality but has failed to address clergy sexual abuses.

Last December, Duterte revealed that a Jesuit priest molested him when he was in high school but was too afraid to file a complaint.

Duterte, however, went beyond Catholic doctrines and questioned the relevance of the scriptures themselves.

“Those were written 3,000 years ago. Ano ba pakialam natin sa kanilang sinulat?” he said.

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