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Catholic prelates laud Duterte’s stand on same-sex marriage

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By Leslie Ann Aquino

They may have different views on death penalty, but when it comes to opposing same-sex marriage Catholic prelates are one with President Duterte.

Church leaders even lauded Duterte for rejecting same-sex marriage in the country.

President Rodrigo Duterte, (Credits: Rene Lumawag | Presidential Photo | Manila Bulletin)

President Rodrigo Duterte,
(Credits: Rene Lumawag | Presidential Photo | Manila Bulletin)

Catholic prelates said they are grateful to the president for respecting the sanctity of marriage.

“We are grateful to our president and we are appreciative of his wise decision,” Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos said in an interview.

He said this showed that the Chief Executive still adheres to Catholic teachings.

“This shows he still adheres to our Catholic teachings, that is, stable marriage and marriage of a man and a woman, is strong pillar of stable and secured society,” said Santos.

“With his decision sanctity and stability of marriage is respected and promoted,” he added.

Although surprised with the president’s position, Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes welcomed the news.

“It was a very pleasant surprise for me! Very nice of Duterte. It is a ‘pogi’ point for our President!” he said.

Retired Novaliches Bishop Teodoro Bacani was also elated with Duterte’s position.

“Im happy with the president decision. Let us not follow the bad example of other countries in this matter,” he said.

On Sunday, President Duterte opposed same-sex marriage saying the Civil Code only recognizes the union between a man and a woman. He said the culture in other countries cant be applied to us because we are Catholics.

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  • Harper

    Priest’s do not need marriage so it should make no difference to them, I assume a conservative estimate would be 30% of the clergy are gay, No i cannot seem to find any written statistic but just look around. If the clergy really have any interest in marriage and people they should make divorce simpler . How many have to stay together just for the same of appearance. Life is too short not to be happy. Men here just abandon there families without any support that must change,