MANILA -- Faith does not require proof, a bishop said Sunday in criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte's call for photographic evidence of the existence of God.
Duterte on Saturday said he will quit his office if anyone can prove that God is real through a "selfie."
"'Yung proof na 'yan, [can be shown] by the fact na buhay tayo. Alam mo ang Diyos ay hindi malalaman sa pamamagitan lang ng ating isip, [bagkus] ng ating pananampalataya," Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo told radio DZMM.
(Proof of that is the fact that we are alive. God cannot be comprehended by our minds alone, but rather with faith.)
"Kung walang pananampalataya, no proof is enough. For those who believe, you don't need any proof, because you believe. Hindi 'yan isang science na kailangan mong i-prove," he added.
(If one does not have faith, no proof is enough. For those those who believe, you don't need any proof because you believe. That is not a science that you need to prove.)
The President's statement shows his "ignorance of faith," Pabillo said.
The bishop also belittled Duterte's promise to step down.
"Dapat matagal na siyang nag-resign. Ang dami na niyang sinabing I will resign. Wala namang nangyari," he reasoned.
(He should have resigned long ago. He has said 'I will resign' many times before, but nothing has happened.)
Duterte has drawn criticism from religious groups in previous weeks for calling God "stupid" and questioning the story of creation, the concept of heaven and hell, and the Last Supper.
In an apparent bid to mend ties with Christian groups, Duterte has formed a committee to hold dialogues with religious leaders.
He is also set to meet Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president Romulo Valles on Monday.
Catholic leaders, meanwhile, will discuss how to explain Duterte's pronouncements to their flock, said Pabillo.