THE Archdiocese of Davao said Tuesday that it respects the statements of incoming president Rodrigo Duterte in which he criticized the Catholic Church over its alleged "hypocrisy".
"The Archdiocese of Davao respects and listens with humility to the views and statements of our incoming President Rodrigo Roa Duterte about the Church, including those that may be difficult to accept and things that may be contrary to our teachings," said Monsignor Paul Cuison, spokesperson of the archdiocese.
He noted that the archdiocese has a peaceful relationship with the elected leader of the country.
"Even during the pre-election period, we have always maintained a peaceful relationship with him and our doors are always open to him," the Catholic priest said.
Cuison added that they also acknowledged the good things the Davao City mayor has done to the people and for taking good care of the city.
"We are one with the people of Davao in acknowledging all the good things that he has done especially to the poor and the marginalized," he said.
The official of the Archdiocese of Davao added, "We join him in prayer asking for divine wisdom and enlightenment as he begins his journey as the new leader of this beloved land."
Over the weekend, Duterte publicly described the Catholic Church as the country's "most hypocritical institution" since it is supposedly projecting itself as being good but has some of its members also committing wrongdoings. (FP/Sunnex)