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Duterte still a Christian, but no longer a Catholic

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By Genalyn Kabiling

With all his musings about God, President Duterte recently declared that he remains a Christian but was no longer a Catholic.

With all his musings about God, President Duterte recently declared that he remains a Christian but was no longer a Catholic.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)

In his recent visit to province of Cebu, the President admitted that he does not a have a clear religion due to the different religions of his parents.

“I’m a Christian but I’m not a Catholic anymore,” said Duterte who previously admitted being molested by a priest in Ateneo high school.

“And besides, I really did not have any clear religion because my mother is a Moro. She’s a half-Maranao. It’s my father who’s the Christian,” he added during a health forum in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu last Friday.

Duterte maintained that he believes in God but not the “stupid” god of critics in the church. He took exception to the exorbitant fees demanded by the church during baptism, marriage and burial.

“That’s the problem with — it’s all expense. If you marry, you pay. Burial, you pay. Baptism, you pay. S*******. And you tell me that your religion is good,” he said, alluding to the sacraments of the Catholic Church.

“And that is why I said, your God is not my God. Your God is stupid. My God has a lot of common sense,” he added.

Last July, the President admitted he stopped being a Catholic after enduring the abuse from a priest. After he graduated, he said he “created my own God” based on the values fairness and justice.

He previously bared that the late Fr. Mark Falvey molested him and other high school students while studying at Ateneo de Davao University. The incident allegedly happened during the sacrament of penance or confession in school.

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