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Philippine church leaders dare president-elect to expose 'sins of churchmen'

Duterte forcing standoff with Catholic Church

Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's vulgar denunciation of the country's bishops was condemned by church officials. (ucanews.com photo by Joe Torres)

Joe Torres and Mark Saludes, Manila
Philippines

May 23, 2016

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Philippine church leaders dared President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, who lambasted the Catholic Church on May 22 as "the most hypocritical institution," to reveal the "sins of churchmen" for these to be corrected.

"If he says that he knows of some bishops and priests with children, I think he should reveal this and give the proper evidence so that the church can do something about it," said Archbishop Oscar Cruz, former president of the Philippine bishops' conference.

The retired prelate of Lingayen-Dagupan said the Catholic Church never claimed that there are no bad bishops and priests. 

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