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Philippines President: Catholic Bishops 'Useless,' 'Kill Them'

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte (Bullit Marquez/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 06 December 2018 04:25 PM

The president of the Philippines called Catholic bishops in his Catholic-dominated nation this week "useless fools" who ought to be killed, according to a new report.

The Washington Post cited local news reports out of the Philippines as saying President Rodrigo Duterte made the derogatory remarks.

"These bishops that you guys have, kill them," Duterte reportedly said. "They are useless fools. All they do is criticize."

According to the Post, the Catholic Church opposes how Duterte is conducting his war on drugs because thousands of people have been killed during the crackdown. Three Catholic priests there have also been killed over the past 12 months.

Last summer, Duterte caught heat for calling God "stupid" during a televised speech.

In that same speech, he also criticized the concept of original sin.

Data from 2010 cited by the Pew Research Center said there were about 76 million Catholics living in the Philippines.

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