Duterte tirades eye- opener, says prelate

November 25, 2018
Rodrigo R. Duterte

CBCP exec ‘welcomes’ Duterte lambasting of Catholic priests.

DESPITE what many perceive to be President Rodrigo Duterte’s consistently anti-Church comments, a priest believes he should not entirely be blamed for not knowing what the Catholic Church does.

Msgr. Pedro Quitorio, Media Office director of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said Duterte’s attacks against the Church are actually a much-needed reality check.
“I don’t entirely blame the president [for his anti-Church comments] because he is just one of the millions of Filipinos who don’t know what the Church does,” he said at the Catholic Social Media Summit (CSMS) v.7 at Sienna College in this city on Saturday.

Playing an audio recording of one of the President’s tirades against the Church and its hierarchy, Quitorio asked the CSMS attendees if Duterte’s comments made them angry or happy.

“Me, I’m happy [about the President’s comments.] It gives me the real score. We are doing so much in the Church but the people don’t know,” he stressed during the first session of the CSMS.

Quitorio, who also heads Areopagus Communications, said the public does not know what happens to Mass collections, for example, or that the Catholic Church built 30,000 houses for super typhoon Yolanda survivors.

“Who would know that that is what we do? I should know, because I’m from [a] ‘Yolanda’ area, I’m from Region 8. How many [houses] did the government do?” he said.

The priest said people don’t know that the Catholic Church is easily the largest and greatest charity agency in the world because by nature it does not self-promote.

“Nobody knows, nobody posts,” he added.

The Catholic Church, through its umbrella organization of Catholic charities all over the world, Caritas Internationalis, headed by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, allocated P3.2 billion, helping 1.8 million people affected by typhoon “Yolanda.”