Bishops call for 3-day fasting after Duterte calls God 'stupid'

Bishops call for 3-day fasting after Duterte calls God 'stupid'

Weeks after referring to God as "stupid" and sparking outrage, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has once again courted controversy by his latest sentiments.

According to Fox News, Duterte said he would need a photo or perhaps a selfie that proves a human's interaction and conversations with God in order to resign.

"I never said I do not believe in God".

"Yes of course, there's God", he said. "I just happen to be a human being believing in that there's a universal mind somewhere which controls the universe", he said at the event in Davao City.

According to Times of Israel, Duterte was last week slammed, including by some of his political allies, for calling God "stupid" in another speech, with one Catholic bishop calling him a "psychopath".

Archbishop Romulo Valles and the association of bishops that he heads called for a day of prayers on July 16 to invoke "God's mercy and justice on those who have blasphemed God's holy name, those who slander and bear false witness and those who commit murder or justify murder as a means for fighting criminality". Mercado, who is an acquaintance of the president, said that Duterte "does not let go".

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"You weren't born yet, but now you have original sin.

Where is the logic of God there?" he posed.

Duterte on Friday recalled that experience, when he said he and other students were fondled by a foreign Jesuit priest, who has since died.

Over 90 percent of the Southeast Asian country's 103 million population are adherents of Catholicism, but Duterte continues to enjoy widespread popularity despite his repeated pronouncements against the religion.

Catholic church leaders played key roles in the Philippines' 1986 "people power" revolt that ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos and in the massive protests in 2001 that forced President Joseph Estrada from power after being accused of corruption.

Filipino bishops opened an annual conference in Manila Saturday and were expected to address Duterte's tirades when they conclude their meeting on Monday.

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