With Pope's ear, Philippines president rebukes clergy over hair joke

January 16, 2015 10:46 AM

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With Pope's ear, Philippines president rebukes clergy over hair joke

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday lashed out against vocal clergy in the mostly Catholic country who have spoken out against everything from a controversial contraceptive law to his hair, or lack of it.

While acknowledging the Church's role in helping to topple dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986, Aquino said bishops and priests had stepped over the line when it came to modern politics. And for joking about his looks.

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