Running priest likens Digong to ‘dark prophet’
Running priest Fr. Robert Reyes called President Duterte a "dark prophet," who is trying to wake up the church from deep slumber.
"(President) Duterte is a black prophet. You are the dark prophet waking up the church from her slumber. Shaking us up priests from our moral turpitude because many of us are in moral stupor...can’t even resist temptations," he said in a Mass with anti-death penalty advocates at the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) office in Manila, Wednesday.
"What he says is very difficult to listen to, but perhaps quite a few of us priests and bishops deserve the cursing if it will purify us and wake us up from the slumber of forgetfulness of vocation," added Reyes.
Duterte has repeatedly cursed the bishops and priests for criticizing his bloody campaign on drugs which allegedly brought about the increasing extrajudicial killings.
The president even questioned the Church’s moral ascendancy to criticize his drug war when it needs to police its own ranks.
But sometimes Reyes said because of the cursing, many are now afraid to speak up and have chosen to remain silent on the things that they see around them.
“If you speak up, you will be cursed from head to toe. But it’s about time that those being cursed to stop being afraid," he said.
"Conscience is drowning in a sea of blood and violence, in a sea of fear, sea of indifference, sea of sinfulnes. A sea of failing to go under the standard of Jesus because many are attracted to the standard of the devil held by the prophet of darkness," added Reyes.
But the priest appealed to the faithful not to allow their conscience to die as he urged them to attend the Walk for Life on Saturday at the Quirino Grandstand to stand up and voice their opposition to extrajudicial killings and death penalty.
"What is happening in our society...there is too much noise. Everyday there is cursing so we wont have silence anymore. If there is no silence, nobody listens anymore. People just listen to the noisy one in Malacañang. If nobody listens, conscience begins to die and when the conscience dies, people will die," Reyes said.
"Let us not allow our conscience to die," he added.