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New, humbler look for Filipino bishops?

/ 09:32 PM January 18, 2013

In his letter titled “Church’s RH debacle opens window for self-reflection” (Inquirer, 1/2/13), Joven A. Senados made a brilliant synthesis of the thoughts of Amando Doronila, Randy David and Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman and then, as brilliantly, connected them to Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle’s ground-breaking concept of a “humble church” (read: “humble bishops”) as the starting point of a “new evangelization” in the local context.

As a corollary to the conclusion made in that letter, namely, about humility, and with due deference to our beloved shepherds, I would like to submit a question linking humility with the bishop’s miter. Question: Could we not “de-Hispanize” the miter and, instead, “Filipinize” it?

What I mean is that the virtue of humility could probably be promoted more effectively if the miter is redesigned in such a way that, instead of giving the impression of pomp and power—with the concomitant temptation to be proud, arrogant and bossy—it will send a clear and loud message of humility, simplicity and spirituality, both to the sheep and to the shepherd.

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There are so many highly creative Catholic artists out there who can perform the miracle. I am daydreaming of Radio Veritas holding a contest on that.

—FR. EDILBERTO V. SANTOS,

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