Original Sin is something Christian theologians have struggled to explain for two millennia. Duterte opted for characteristically colourful language as he broached this thorny catechism.

“Who is this stupid God?” the Philippine leader asked on Friday. “You created something perfect and then you think of an event that would tempt and destroy the quality of your work.”

Leaders of the Catholic Church in the Philippines, which counts some 80 percent of the nation’s more than 100 million people as believers, have condemned the statement.