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.
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.