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New Filipino cardinal says Church needs to undertake an ‘examination of conscience’

December 4, 2012
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Luis Antonio Tagle of the Philippines receives the red hat from Pope Benedict XVI (AP Photo/Vincenzo Pinto)

The new Filipino cardinal, who caused a sensation at his recent installation when he cried as Pope Benedict bestowed the red hat on him, has dismissed media speculation tipping him to be the next pope and has instead called for the Church to undertake a “corporate examination of conscience.”

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle spoke with ucanews.com in an exclusive interview days after being made a cardinal by the Pope at the Vatican.

Since his appointment as head of the Church in the Philippines capital, Tagle has been catapulted to the top of the papabili list by many Vatican watchers. He’s even been nicknamed the “Wojtyla from Asia.”

His credentials were strengthened by strong speeches on the sexual abuse crisis in Rome last February and in Dublin during the summer, and the credit he enjoys in Rome was confirmed when Pope Benedict decided to make him the world’s second youngest cardinal, at only 55, on November 24.

However, speaking to ucanews.com, Cardinal Tagle dismissed talk of him becoming the next pope as “speculation.”

“There are more real issues to worry about,” he said, adding that after receiving the red hat he was in awe at the thought of possibly being called upon to vote in a future conclave: “I have to reflect on this, it’s a big responsibility.”

Tagle has won over many in his native Philippines as well as in Rome and beyond for his open, joyful attitude, his theological expertise and his proficiency in making use of the modern media. He has a weekly TV show in the Philippines and his Facebook page counts over 100,000 fans.

His outgoing personality might put him in stark contrast to the scholarly, media-shy Ratzinger. But Tagle says it is an “exaggeration” to say that he is the only churchman capable of making the 85-year old German pope laugh from the heart.

The two have known each other for 15 years. In 1997 Tagle was appointed to the International Theological Commission, a Vatican consultative body then presided over by Cardinal Ratzinger.

As a 40-year old priest at the time, Tagle says he was struck by Ratzinger’s humility during a synod of Asian bishops which took place the following year, where several issues were raised concerning the Church in Asia. “At the end of a session, getting out of the room, we happened to walk together and he said, ‘Oh, some of those questions are so complex that I would not even know what to say, but they invite more study’.” [More]

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  • Andrean Ako

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    A PLEA FOR HELP!

    Kabulastugan at kagaspangan ng ugali ni FRR walang pinipiling lugar at okasyon!

    Marahil sa mababaw at malabnaw na pananaw at pang-unawa nitong naturingang alagad ng Diyos na ito, napanatag na ang kanyang kalooban sa mistulang tahimik na kapaligiran. Ngunit, dadapwat, subalit, ito na ang simula ng kanyang pagbulusok paibaba mula sa mataas na tronong ipinagkaloob sa kanya ng kanyang walang-kasing bait o walang sariling bait? na amo bilang kabayaran sa kanyang katapatan at bulag na pagtalima dito. Bitbitin natin sya pababa mula sa tronong ito sampu ng mga kampon at alipores nya na naghahasik ng lagim at kabulastugan sa loob ng St Andrew’s School Paranaque City.

    Last week, as the first communicants of SAS were having their recollection, itong wala sa hulog ang pag-iisip na alagad ng Diyos daw na ito ay dalawang beses na nagpakita ng kagaspangan ng ugali sa harap mismo naming 4 na graduate ng SAS sampu ng mga iba pang mga magulang at estudyante na naroon.

    Marapat lamang na hindi na muna bigyang diin sa ngayon ang ikalawang personal pambabastos na ginawa nya sa namumuno ng SASAAI ngayon ito at sa halip ay pagtuunan ang mga sinambit nya sa harap ng mga tao ukol sa mga Andrean graduates. Hayaan nating ang lider ng SASAAI ang maglahad at maging ibang paksa pa ito sa mga kabastusang ginawa sa kanya.

    Sa pagsasalita nitong paring ito, sinabi nya na “wala akong bilib sa mga Andrean graduates na yan, kung mag-aasta, kung pumorma at kung lumakad, ang yayabang, kala mo kung sino, wala namang palang ibubuga!” Sa aming 4 na nandoon noong araw na iyon dahil nga first communicants ang aming mga anak, kinailangan namin ang lubos na pagtitimpi at nanaig pa rin sa amin ang mga pangaral ng ating mga tunay na guro at mga paring CICM upang di sya sagutin sa puntong iyon. Baka sa kakitidan ng utak, kung mayroon mang utak, nakalimutan nya na ang ating bagong Cardinal at namumuno ng Archdiocese if Manila na si Cardinal Chito Tagle ay isa ring Andrean graduate. Dito lubos na nakikita ang kahinaan ng kanyang pag-iisip. Di alam kung ano ang pinagsasabi, may masabi lamang. Ganito pinatatakbo ngayon ang mahal nating SAS. Nakakaawa ang mga guro at empleyado na inalisan ng mga basic na benepisyo tulad ng rice allowance at meal stubs. Makakaasa sya na sa panahong mabasa nya ito, nakarating na kay Cardinal Tagle ang mga insidente at ang kanyang mga binanggit maging ang kanyang pagmamalabis sa loob ng SAS. Tunay man na magaling na magsinungaling, magpalusot at manlinlang ang taong ito, may hangganan din sa mga bibili ng kasinungalingan nya.

    Ang alam naming galit nya sa mga Andrean graduates(ito po ang term nya na ginagamit) ay sa kadahilanang gusto nyang magsolicit ng P1k sa bawat graduate upang mapaayos nya daw ang old building. Walang masama, sa ganang amin NGUNIT ang nakakatawa dito, una nyang pinaayos ang walkway sa harap ng school, bakit? Kasi kita agad ng maraming tao habang ang mga kwarto natin dati ay tumutulo at pinamumugaran na ng malalaking daga na nanginginain sa baon ng mga bata. Hindi nya alam ang prioridad dahil wala syang alam sa pamamalakad. Wala syang alam at hindi sya marunong. Puro yabang at angas lamang dahil sa taglay na lakas na loob dahil malapit na kaalyado ng mahal nyang pinuno ng diocese.

    Bukod pa rito, ang mas nakakainsulto bilang isang tunay na Andrean ay gawing sentro ng biro at pagpapatawa ang mga paring CICM na nagtatag ng SAS. Sa kanyang mga pagpapatawa, binabanggit nya ang CICM at si Fr. Paul. Lubos na nakalulungkot at nakakataas ng presyon kapag ang mga taong humubog sa atin ay ginagawan ng ganitong klase ng pambabastos. Niyiyurakan nya ang malinis na pamamalakad at pagkatao ng kapwa nya alagad ng Diyos. Ano ba ang galit nya kay Fr. Paul at sa CICM? It’s a tasteless joke coming from a tasteless joker. A joker who has no place in SAS! Kung ako sa kanya, magreresign na lang ako upang makaiwasvsa kahihiyang aabutin nya sa pagpapatalsik sa kanya. Ano kaya? Baka umakyat na naman sya sa puno at magpabitin-bitin gaya ng ginagawa nya dati nung nasa seminaryo pa sya pag stressed-out sya? Mala-unggoy di po ba?

    Tinapos nya ang pananalita sa pagtitipon na, “O sige, magmimisa na ako, pero wala ng homily ah, kasi gipit na sa oras at nagsermon na ako sa inyo kanina. —- what a joke!
    We are throwing this jester out of SAS soon. We will show him what the real Andrean is made of.

    You’re comments are most welcome

    At eto pa isa, sinisingil nya ang mga Andrean graduates sa paggamit ng campus noong Mayo noong binigyan natin ng papuri at parangal sa pamamaalam sa atin ni Fr Paul dahil sa kanyang pagreretiro.
    Mga kapatid na Andrean, let’s rock!

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