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Duterte says Catholic Church will be irrelevant in 30 years

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, once again, attacked the Catholic Church on Thursday, saying it should also be blamed for the country's ills, The Manila Times Online reported on Friday.

In a speech before newly-appointed government officials in Malacanang, Duterte said that the 2,000-year old Catholic Church will no longer be relevant in 30 years.

These priests, they think high of themselves, Jesus, I am telling you, that religion will become passe' in the next 30 years, he said.

More of their abuses will come out. These priests, they are top when it comes to abuses. They keep on collecting (money), sometimes there's even a second collection. In our place, the priests's wife is with the NHA, she gets groceries. This f.. priest, Duterte added.

He said that priests are among the oligarchs that ail Philippine society.

He admitted that he would not attacking the Church if his mother were alive.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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