Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has attacked the Catholic Church again, telling its leaders to clean up their ranks instead of meddling in how he runs the country.
Bloomberg reports that he also wondered if Jesus and the Holy Trinity made any sense.
Speaking on Saturday in the southern Philippine province of Cotabato where he gave out land titles to farmers, Duterte said the Catholic Church “has to correct itself before it can” criticize. “If not, I will really be their enemy and I will continue to attack them.”
The president also said that if he was Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is one with God in the Holy Trinity, he wouldn’t let himself be crucified and instead would order lightning to strike to free him from the cross.
“There is only one God and that is the Father”, Duterte said, in a country whose polulation is 80 percent Catholic.
In June, the controversial leader called God “stupid” and questioned the Bible’s story of creation. He had attacked bishops who criticised his anti-drug campaign, which has led to the deaths of thousands.