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Catholic member to the Church: "Clean up your backyard before pretending to clean up the Philippine bureaucracy"

Netizen Aveen Acuna-Gulo, a Filipino Catholic, had some words to say to the bishops and clergymen that have commented on the issue of President Rodrigo Duterte saying that God is stupid.
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According to Acuna-Gulo, her being a Catholic has given her disadvantages. Including “bearing the brint of the indiscretions” of some of the people in the community in the catholic church; what she calls a “hierarchy”.

Acuna-Gulo then goes on to defend the president from his recent controversy. She spoke for herself when she admitted that the president indeed has a foul mouth, but according to her, she can stand it.
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One of her defenses on why it was okay, is that she says that Duterte is not a Catholic anymore. 

She seems to hint that the president’s religious personality is detached from his political personality.

By saying that she voted for him to be president of the state, and not an “official of the Catholic Church”, Acuna-Gulo seems to hint that the president’s actions are valid and should be of no concern to the Catholic Church.
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She adds that the clergymen, bishops, and priests in the religious congregation like to berate the president but have also committed sinful acts as well.

Saying, “clean up your backyard before pretending to clean up the Philippine bureaucracy,” she attacks the Catholic church for hypocrisy. 

Acuna-Gulo adds that although this indeed is a fact and a bad thing within the church, she admits that not all people in the church are bad. She sad that there are those who are silent workers “mirroring God’s work on Earth”.
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Acuna-Gulo does not insult the Catholic Church outright. In fact, she says that it has so much power that can be used for better things. She calls on to them to “not let their hatred for Duterte jeopardize the work of your fellow clergy”.

By this, she asks that they focus on their own people and let the president do his job of running the country.
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Read her full Facebook post here:

"Dear Catholic Church:

I am Catholic. As a member of a big chunk of Christianity in this country, I bear the brunt of the indiscretions of some of you in the hierarchy.

I can stand the foul mouth of President Duterte. For one, he is not Catholic anymore. Haven’t you noticed this early on? I understand he is just throwing back the vileness with the same intensity of your criticisms against him. I voted for him to be President of the Philippines and not as an official of the Catholic Church.
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Clean up your backyard before pretending to clean up the Philippine bureaucracy. Remember many of your fellow priests and nuns work in silence and they are a mirror of God’s work on Earth. Don’t let your hatred for Duterte jeopardize the work of your fellow clergy.

You are powerful. And you have become powerful without measure. Be grateful you were powerful since 1521.

Now, leave governance to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

Government will run better without you."


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