Saturday, December 5, 2015

15-point response to the Open Letter to Bishop Villegas on Mayor Duterte


I found this poster here. The text of the letter is also available here. This open letter has been circulating in social media, so I think it warrants a textual analysis and a response.

1. I was born and raised as a Catholic. I grew up and was educated from a catholic school. I worked with Caritas Manila during the time of Cardinal Sin. Those years of my growing up as an educated Roman Catholic were the years of confusion and questions. But I continued to be obedient and follow the dogmatic laws of the church.

You are not alone in your confusion. After Vatican II in 1965, there was a lot of confusion in the church. The Holy Mass changed from Latin to vernacular. Priests and religious threw away their habits. Traditional Catholic dogma and doctrines were being questioned. Pope Paul VI published his Humanae Vitae which forbids the use of artificial contraception, e.g. condoms and pills, and he was derided and scorned by priests, bishops, and even by Cardinals. Such was the state of the Church when Cardinal Sin was appointed auxiliary bishop of Jaro in 1967 and Archbishop of Manila in 1974. Those were confusing times and their effects can still be felt in the present day.

2. Why did I have many whys? I answered it myself and defended churchs’ ills and defects from within me. Through research and democratic discussions, I discovered the muddled history of the church to which I belong, but I continued to stand firm on my faith, although, I became less attendant to some activities and practices imposed by the church.

This is actually the first time you used the word "why", but I think you are assuming that the "why" is subsumed in the word "questions". It is ok to ask why. Toyota employees and managers are taught to ask at least 7 whys to find the underlying deeper problem behind things that broke. To ask why is the mark of a thinking man.

The Church has so many ills and defects, because it is a human institution just like corporations, cooperatives, and clans. As you read through Church's muddled history, you hear about political intrigues and rumors of assassination even in Vatican. And you realize that the Church should have already perished a long time ago. But for some strange reason, it is still alive as an institution until now and has survived despotic emperors and scandalous popes for nearly two thousand years. Why? You may ask. Because the Church, while human, is also a divine institution, because it is the Body of Christ who is truly human and truly divine. The popes may live sinful lives, but the Holy Spirit has protected the Chair of Peter from teaching error in matters of faith and morals. As Christ told Peter, the first pope:
“Simon, Simon, behold Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, 32but I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers.” (Lk 22:31-32)
 Thus, what Christ said about the Pharisees occupying the Chair of Moses also applies to the Popes who occupy the Chair of Peter:
The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. 3Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. (Mt 23:2-3)
 Of course, the "example" referred to here are the bad actions as enumerated in the succeeding texts; if their actions are good, we must follow them.

It is easy to say that we can stand firm in our faith, but our actions speak otherwise, as you also have said: you become less attendant to the activities and practices imposed by the church.

The word "imposed" that you used implies a burden that you do not wish to bear. If you can enumerate these practices, we may be able to see if they were really imposed like a yoke on your neck. But Christ who is the head of the Church also asks us to carry his yoke:
"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (Mt 11:28-30)
Sometimes, the laws of the Church which forbid you to do such and such things are meant for your own good, in the same why as a sign on the fence which says, "Danger: Cliff ahead." You can only ignore such sign at your peril. As Chesterton said:
Catholic doctrine and discipline may be walls; but they are the walls of a playground. Christianity is the only frame which has preserved the pleasure of Paganism. We might fancy some children playing on the flat grassy top of some tall island in the sea. So long as there was a wall round the cliff's edge they could fling themselves into every frantic game and make the place the noisiest of nurseries. But the walls were knocked down, leaving the naked peril of the precipice. They did not fall over; but when their friends returned to them they were all huddled in terror in the centre of the island; and their song had ceased. (Orthodoxy)

3. I wanted to be honest to myself so I refrained from going to church, but I came back after my friends invited me again to join in them in prayers. I forgave the ills of my church. 

I admire your courage for trying to be honest with yourself.

If your problem is the bad people in the Church, then that can be fixed: you can become an example of what is good in the Church in the same way as God raise saints during the most turbulent times in Catholic Church's history, e.g. St. Catherine of Sienna lived during the time when we have three popes each claiming to be the one validly elected!

But if your problem is about the teachings of the Church, then this is a different matter. It is truly difficult to remain in an institution whose teachings you do not anymore believe in. But Cardinal Newman said that ten thousand difficulties do not make a single doubt:
Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt, as I understand the subject; difficulty and doubt are incommensurate. There of course may be difficulties in the evidence; but I am speaking of difficulties intrinsic to the doctrines themselves, or to their relations with each other. A man may be annoyed that he cannot work out a mathematical problem, of which the answer is or is not given to him, without doubting that it admits of an answer, or that a certain particular answer is the true one. Of all points of faith, the being of a God is, to my own apprehension, encompassed with most difficulty, and yet borne in upon our minds with most power. (Apologia)
Joining your friends in prayer is commendable. Christ said:
"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”(Mt 18:20)
I am glad that you said that you forgive the ills of the Church. But forgiving does not totally remove the hurt. Forgiveness only allows us to offer our hurts to God by uniting them with the suffering of Christ on the cross. And God would be pleased with our sacrifice, because it is His Only Son who do the offering.

4. I hope this very church should also know how to forgive its flock whenever he/she commits mistakes.

You can be assured that the Church has the power to forgive sins. After His Resurrection, Christ told the apostles:
Receive the holy Spirit. 23 Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained. (Jn 20:22-23)
 The forgiveness offered by the Church is more than what your friend can offer when he says, "I forgive you." When the Church forgives sins through the ministry of the priest, it is actually Christ who forgive sins, because sin is an offense against God and only God can forgive sins. That is why it was scandalous before for the Jews that Christ, an ordinary man for them, can forgive sins:
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Child, your sins are forgiven.” 6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves, 7“Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins?” 8Jesus immediately knew in his mind what they were thinking to themselves, so he said, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts? 9Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk’? 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth”— 11he said to the paralytic, “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.”(Mk 2:5-11)
 So let us thank Christ for the gift of the Sacrament of Confession.

But for God to forgive a sinner through the Sacrament of Confession, one thing is necessary: the sinner must first confess. That is, he must name the sin and the number of times he has committed such sin since his last confession.  If Duterte sinned by using the phrase "putang ina" or "your mother is a whore", he must first admit that this is a sin and tell the priest how many times he has committed this sin since his last confession. Then the priest will tell him his penance, e.g. do not swear again or pray 10 Hail Mary's or make a public apology. After this,, Duterte must recite the Act of Contrition:
O my God, I am heartly sorry for having offended you, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell; but most of all because they offend you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.
 And only after this can the priest pronounce the absolution:
46. Then the priest extends his hands over the penitent's head (or at least extends his right hand) and says:
God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himselfand sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit. 
And Duterte must respond: Amen.


5. That is what we are taught to do Rev. Villegas, why sensationalize the blunder of a great leader when you can invite and talk to him. Then you can save one member who can bring back million members back to the Catholic faith. 

If Duterte told the Pope, "Putang ina ka," then this adds to the gravity of his sin. First, this sin is forbidden by the Eighth Commandment, which states that you must not bear false witness against your neighbor:
2479 Detraction and calumny destroy the reputation and honor of one's neighbor. Honor is the social witness given to human dignity, and everyone enjoys a natural right to the honor of his name and reputation and to respect. Thus, detraction and calumny offend against the virtues of justice and charity.(Catechism of the Catholic Church)
Second, attacking the Pope has resulted to the sin of scandal under the Fifth Commandment, which states that you must not kill:
2284 Scandal is an attitude or behavior which leads another to do evil. The person who gives scandal becomes his neighbor's tempter. He damages virtue and integrity; he may even draw his brother into spiritual death. Scandal is a grave offense if by deed or omission another is deliberately led into a grave offense.
2285 Scandal takes on a particular gravity by reason of the authority of those who cause it or the weakness of those who are scandalized. It prompted our Lord to utter this curse: "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea."86 Scandal is grave when given by those who by nature or office are obliged to teach and educate others. Jesus reproaches the scribes and Pharisees on this account: he likens them to wolves in sheep's clothing.87
2286 Scandal can be provoked by laws or institutions, by fashion or opinion. (Catechism of the Catholic Church)
The sins of calumny against the pope and the resulting scandal it has caused must also be confessed by Duterte during his confession, so that his sins can be forgiven.

The sin of scandal by Duterte was a public act, so Bishop Villegas has to call the sin in public. Otherwise, Bishop Villegas would be derelict in his duty and he would cause further scandal by his silence in public. In a similar way, if a cop sees a thief stealing something or in the act of breaking the law, he must apprehend the thief or the criminal immediately on the spot. Would the cop invite the thief or criminal over a cup of coffee? No. Using the authority of the State that was bestowed on him, he will handcuff the thief or criminal, send him to the precinct, and jail him if necessary.

To tell the sinner that he committed a sin is an act of mercy to save his soul, in the same way as it is a merciful act to call the attention of a man who is about to step into a cliff.

Your sentence is interesting: "Then you can save one member who can bring back million members back to the Catholic faith." Are you claiming that if the Church forgives Duterte, he can bring back a million members back to the Catholic Church? Maybe. But if we read what his followers are doing in social media, they now use "Putang Ina" also a lot to describe how great Duterte's accomplishments are in Davao. I think Duterte, by his sin of scandal, has led more souls away from the Catholic Church. As Pat Morita in Karate Kid said:
"There are no bad students. Only bad teachers."
6. You have been teaching about the prodigal son, Mayor Duterte is not even a prodigal son, but a son whose faith like me, was tainted by the ills committed by our church.

 It is true that the Church has been teaching about the Prodigal Son. Now you claim that "Mayor Duterte is not even a prodigal son, but a son whose faith like me, was tainted by the ills committed by our church." A Prodigal Son in the parable of Christ refers to a son who got all his inheritance from his father (who is still alive!) and squandered all his money:
Then he said, “A man had two sons, 12and the younger son said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of your estate that should come to me.’ So the father divided the property between them. 13After a few days, the younger son collected all his belongings and set off to a distant country where he squandered his inheritance on a life of dissipation. (Lk 15:11-13)
What is a life of dissipation? According to Google:

Notice that one use of dissipation is used in reference to sexual dissipation, which is one of the vices (or virtues?) of Mayor Duterte: he claims to have two wives and two girlfriends. He claims to use his personal money for these, but ultimately it is God who provided Duterte his money, in the same way as God feeds the sparrows. So Duterte has squandered the gifts God has given him and spent them on women for his sexual pleasure. Thus, Mayor Duterte fits the title of Prodigal Son.

If Dutere's faith was tainted by the ills of the Church, just like you, this statement does not nullify the description of Mayor Duterte as a Prodigal Son of God our Father in Heaven. Well, actually, all of us who commit mortal sins act like prodigal sons who squander our heavenly inheritance for the pleasures of the world.

7. But we continued to embrace our faith, for we both believe in God.

It is possible to believe in God while not obeying his commands. As St. James said:
You believe that God is one. You do well. Even the demons believe that and tremble. 20Do you want proof, you ignoramus, that faith without works is useless?(Jas 2:19-20)
Christ also said:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. (Mt 7:21)

8. Why an appointed one (like you) by men considered holy can’t forgive...

While it is true that Bishop Villegas was appointed by men, i.e. the bishops, we believe from our Catholic faith that his appointment was ratified by Holy Spirit, for bishops are nothing but the successors of the Apostles appointed through the laying of hands. One example of such succession is the appointment of Timothy as bishop by Paul and exhorts him to do what his office demands of him:
This saying is trustworthy: whoever aspires to the office of bishop desires a noble task. (1 Tim 3:1)
For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.(2 Tim 1:6)  

And the Apostle Paul exhorts Bishop Timothy:
A slave of the Lord should not quarrel, but should be gentle with everyone, able to teach, tolerant, 25correcting opponents with kindness. It may be that God will grant them repentance that leads to knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they may return to their senses out of the devil’s snare, where they are entrapped by him, for his will.(2 Tim 2:24-26)
What did Bishop Socrates Villegas actually wrote in his Facebook profile regarding Mayor Duterte's cursing of Pope Francis? Here it is:
What the world desperately needs now is leadership by example. We have so many leaders in office and many more aspiring to sit in office but are they examples of good citizenship? If the leaders we choose are to be leaders for national progress they must be visionaries AND exemplary.
Corruption is indeed a great scourge of Philippine politics.
The usual face of corruption that we recognize easily is stealing from public funds. Corruption, like a monster, is a devil with many faces. Killing people is corruption. Killing is a crime and a sin whether it is done by criminals or public officials no matter what the intention. Adultery is corruption. It makes married love cheap and uses people for pleasure. Adultery corrupts the family; it destroys children and victimizes the weak. Vulgarity is corruption. When we find vulgarity funny, we have really become beastly and barbaric as a people. When a revered and loved and admired man like Pope Francis is cursed by a political candidate and the audience laugh, I can only bow my head and grieve in great shame. My countrymen has gone to the dregs.
Is this the leadership by example that Mayor Duterte excites in us? Is this the leadership by example that makes a public official deserving of the title “Honorable”? I grieve for my country....!
What Bishop Villegas did was a public rebuke of Mayor Duterte's, not only for his scandalous cursing of Pope Francis in public, but also for his infidelity in marriage and extrajudicial killings. Did Bishop Villegas curse Duterte? No. Was Bishop Villegas in a position to rebuke Duterte? Yes, because he is fulfilling his office as bishop as described by Paul to Timothy: he corrects his opponent with kindness. He describes Duterte as corrupt and not honorable, and therefore unfit for public office.

The reason why Bishop Villegas is considered holy is not because he lives a holy life (which I can argue he does), but rather because of his office as bishop which is a gift from God through the Sacrament of Holy Orders in order to make us holy as adopted children of God, as temples of the Holy Spirit. Because of his office as bishop, which is the fullness of the priesthood, the mass can be said by priests in his diocese in order to offer the perfect offering of the Body and Blood of Christ during the Holy Mass. By partaking of the Holy Eucharist during Communion, our venial sins are forgiven and we become more capable of heroic deeds of self control against the allure of the 7 Capital or Deadly Sins: Pride, Covetousness, Lust, Anger, Gluttony, Envy, and Sloth.

Bishop Villegas can forgive Duterte provided Duterte avails of the Sacrament of Confession, as we discussed in No. 4. But I think you are confusing two words: forgiving and condoning. Condoning is to know that someone made an evil deed and yet pretend that his evil deed is ok or of lesser in gravity than what it really is. I think what you want is for Bishop Villegas to condone Mayor Duterte's cursing of Pope Francis.

9. (It was) an unintentional speech (slip of the tongue) from a leader of the people. A mistake which he admitted and was not intended to disrespect the Pope.

It is difficult to prove intention, unless we can see the heart of Mayor Duterte. But we can look at the data from his previous actions to see if there is a pattern. As you surely know, Mayor Duterte curses a lot and uses those "putang ina mo" loosely whenever he speaks. This is already a habit and is very difficult to remove, unless perhaps by lots of prayer and fasting, which are methods recommended by Christ for expelling tough demons (c.f. variant of Mk 9:29).

The Apostle James admonishes us to guard our tongues:
It is the same with ships: even though they are so large and driven by fierce winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot’s inclination wishes. 5In the same way the tongue is a small member and yet has great pretensions.
Consider how small a fire can set a huge forest ablaze. 6The tongue is also a fire. It exists among our members as a world of malice, defiling the whole body and setting the entire course of our lives on fire, itself set on fire by Gehenna. 7For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, 8but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings who are made in the likeness of God. (Jas 3:4-9)
Mayor Duterte did not only curse with his tongue a human being made in the likeness of God; he also cursed he who holds the office of the Vicar of Christ. If you curse an ambassador of France, you also curse the President of France. If you curse the viceroy of Spain, you curse the King of Spain. Similarly, if you curse Pope Francis who is the Vicar of Christ, you also curse Christ. So what Mayor Duterte did is a terrible deed. Let that thought sink into you.

To refresh your memory, this is actually what Mayor Duterte said regarding Pope Francis:
“From the hotel to the airport, alam mo inabot kami ng…dito lang…niyaya ako…limang oras. Sabi ko bakit? Sabi pinasarado daw,” the politiko said.
He then asked, “Eh sino darating?” “Si Pope (Francis),” answered his companion.
“Gusto kong tawagan, ‘Pope putangina ka umuwi ka na. Wag ka nang magbisita dito,'” Duterte said. (Politiko)
 Notice that Mayor Duterte did not say, "Pope putangina umuwi ka na. Wag ka nang magbisita dito." If this is so, then "putangina" can really be just an expression or expletive whose longer form is "putang ina mo" or "your mother is a whore". But Mayor Duterte added the word "ka" which refers to the addressee, i.e. the pope. Thus, grammatically, Mayor Duterte cursed the Pope for causing the traffic. Mayor Duterte may not intended this, but the damage has been done.


But if Mayor Duterte's succeeding claims are true that he was sexually abused by priests when he was a child, then we know where his anger against the church and the pope is coming from:
“I will destroy the Church and the present status of so many priests and what they are doing,” he said. “You priests, bishops, you condemn me and suggest I withdraw, but then I will start to open my mouth. There are so many secrets that we kept as children. Do not force (me to speak) because this religion is not so sacred.”
“If they want, they can start it and I’ll tell everything. From my years in Ateneo [de Davao] until we grew up, and it will make them sad, very sad,” he said. “They have secrets, I have secrets.” He stressed his comment on the Pope was “inadvertence.” (Inquirer)
What is "inadvertence"? The Oxford dictionary defines it as "not resulting from or achieved through deliberate planning." Duterte explained:
“It was my expression of anger borne out of the helplessness of the millions of commuters suffering from this daily gridlock. It was never intended to be directed to the person of his holiness Pope Francis, who has my utmost respect.” (Inquirer)
But Christ said:
A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. 44For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not pick figs from thornbushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles. A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil; for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.  (Lk 6:42-43)

10. The Church has many blunders too, since time immemorial, have killed many Christians like Joan of Arc for the considered holy man branded her heretic who later was declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.

Technically, it was the English government which killed Joan of Arc, though her trial for heresy was done by the members of the English Church Inquisition. The trial was illegal for several reasons:
To summarize some major problems: Under ecclesiastical law, Bishop Cauchon lacked jurisdiction over the case. Cauchon owed his appointment to his partisan support of the English government which financed the trial. The low standard of evidence used in the trial also violated inquisitorial rules. Clerical notary Nicolas Bailly, who was commissioned to collect testimony against Joan, could find no adverse evidence. Without such evidence the court lacked grounds to initiate a trial. Opening a trial anyway, the court also violated ecclesiastical law by denying her the right to a legal adviser. Worse, stacking the tribunal entirely with pro-English clergy violated the medieval Church's requirement that heresy trials needed to be judged by an impartial or balanced group of clerics. Upon the opening of the first public examination Joan complained that those present were all partisans against her and asked for "ecclesiastics of the French side" to be invited in order to provide balance. This request was denied. (Wikipedia: Joan of Arc)
According to the English, the heresy of St. Joan of Arc was wearing men's clothes, even though it was a must for her as a protection while she leads the French army during war and as a way to prevent rape. The errors of an ecclesiastical court can be remedied with an appeal to the pope. As I said before, the Church is a human institution whose members are prone to sin and errors; but because of the divinity of the Church's founder, the Church, as represented by the pope, is preserved from teaching error in matters of faith and morals.

The English condemned Joan of Arc for wearing and not for swearing like Duterte. Or are you trying to paint Duterte as a saint like St. Joan of Arc?

11.  Many faithful have forgiven the very church for its wrong doings, for stealing the independence, the human dignity and worst of all, for stealing the properties of many indigenous Filipinos and ruled this country by force for 400 years.

You have to make a distinction between the Church and the Spanish Government, even if the Spanish government supported the Church in its mission to evangelize the natives of the country, for this is in line with what Christ commanded:

All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Mt 28:18-20)
Of course, the Spanish government also has its own economic interests in mind when it decided to colonize Philippines, in the same way that Duterte also has his economic interests in mind when he decided to run as president in order to rule the country with his death squads. Note that it is the Spanish government who ruled the country through the Governor General and not the Bishop of Manila. Actually, had it not been for Spain and the Church's missionary friars, there will be no Philippines to speak of, for there were  also other colonizers around during that time, such as the Portuguese and the Dutch, then later the Germans and the British who can partition the country into pieces. Oh, wait. There was the Americans and the Japanese: you can be sure that they ruled the country by the force of their arms, and not by the compulsion of religion.
 
12. The church, of which I am faithful, had also raped many women in the olden days, aborted babies to cover up for their sins, yet ordinary folk like us forgive this very church for that is the teachings we learned.

The priests may have raped women in the olden days and even until now. If you know such things, like what Mayor Duterte claims, you should report these things to those in authorities, so that the priests can be prosecuted and defrocked, depending on the gravity of their crime. Not to do so means you become an accomplice to the crime. It is possible to forgive yet at the same time allow the evil-doer to serve his sentence in court. Again, I think you are confusing two words: forgiving and condoning. It is possible to forgive, but you don't condone the sin. Condoning the sin is not one of the teachings of the Catholic Church.

I think you really need to read the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is possible that some priests taught you wrongly about Catholic doctrines. That is why the Church wrote the Catechism as a definitive guide for leading a moral life and for knowing the laws and doctrines of the church. It is our task as laity to ensure that priests also live moral lives and teach right doctrine. We must pray for our priests.

13. Thus, I ask the Rev Soc Villegas to become the model of what they teach, do not attribute and muddle again the teachings of Christ.

You haven't yet explicitly quoted the teachings of Christ relevant to the issue between Bishop Villegas and Mayor Duterte. You may think that Bishop Villegas is muddling the teachings of Christ. But perhaps it is also possible that it is your mind that is muddled, so you cannot anymore distinguish the good from the evil or the holy from profane. Perhaps this is what happens when you listen to and approve the cursing and profanities of Mayor Duterte in public.

14. Be a Roman Catholic in line with the teachings of the early Christian like Paul to the Corinthians. All of us have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God. 

Protestants love this verse in Corinthians to prove that Blessed Virgin Mary cannot be sinless, i.e. the Immaculate Conception, because she is part of "all" who have sinned, even though such verse is a general rule and for every rule there is an exception.

So let me guess: You are a Protestant. Did I hit the mark?

All your previous points can only come from someone steeped in Protestant literature. If this is true, then you are using the "faithful Roman Catholic" label as a cloak in order to attack the Church that you have already abandoned a long time ago. If this is true, then it is really high time to be honest with yourself and call yourself by any other name aside from Catholic.

15. God came not for the good, but for the sinners. Please work on the sinners and do not despise them.

Indeed, it is the duty of the Church to call sinners to repentance and not to affirm that what they are doing is ok. As I have been saying all along, I think what you really want is for the Church to condone the sin of Duterte.  You think that to rebuke Duterte is to despise Duterte. The Church despises sin but loves the sinner, in the same way as a doctor despises the disease but loves the patient. Sometimes the cure can be a bitter pill or a painful injection, but it is for the good of the patient. Sometimes, the cure can be surgery or amputation of limbs, but these may be needed to save the person. The same is true when the Church deals with sinners. A public rebuke may be painful, but this is mild compared to the fires of Hell and Purgatory. As Christ said:

If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna. 30And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body go into Gehenna. (Mt 5:29-30)

Note that Christ has empowered the Church to judge sinners:
“If your brother sins [against you], go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother. 16 If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that ‘every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector. 18 Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (Mt 18:15-18)
 You wrote earlier, "why sensationalize the blunder of a great leader when you can invite and talk to him." If the sin of Duterte is only between him and the Pope (they are chatting), then the Pope can admonish Duterte and forgive him if Duterte was sorry. If the sin of Duterte is only between him and his friend who heard him cursing the Pope and no other people knew about it, then the friend can admonish Duterte and forgive him if he says he was sorry. As Christ said, "If he listens to you, you have won over your brother."

But the sin of Duterte is not only between him and another person: the scandal is public and amplified by social media. So first level of rebuke of one person is not anymore applicable. And neither is the second level, "take one or two others along with you, so that ‘every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses,"  since everyone can already watch Duterte curse the Pope in You Tube.

So we go to the last level: we inform the church regarding the scandal. Bishop Villegas, as bishop of the Church, is in a position to address the issue and rebuke Mayor Duterte. And this is what Bishop Villegas did. As you can see, the actions and words of Bishop Villegas are in line with what Christ teaches regarding our brother who sins.

But what if Duterte would still not listen to the Church and threaten the church with destruction through sexual abuse allegations? Even if Duterte can prove his allegations in court and win his case, this does not still remove the fact that he cursed Pope Francis because of traffic--an act which caused a scandal among the Catholic faithful. Unless he repents of his sin and confesses them in the Sacrament of Confession, his soul is in peril.

So if Duterte would not listen to the Church, which St. Paul in describes as "household of God" and "pillar and foundation of truth" (c.f. 1 Tim 3:15), will you still support him, approve of his actions, and campaign for his presidency? And if you do so, would you still consider yourself a Catholic faithful?

Prayer

Let me end with a prayer from Ateneo de Manila University hymn:
Mary for you! For your white and blue!
We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, constantly true!
We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, faithful to you! 

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