The announcement by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle that Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the Philippines in January has thrilled countless Filipinos. With a papal visit deemed a special blessing, it is expected that survivors of “Yolanda,” who are still reeling from the loss not only of their loved ones but also of their homes and livelihood more than eight months after the supertyphoon rearranged the Visayan landscape, would find great comfort in Francis’ presence.
“Bigots,” uttered the Inquirer editorial in calm disgust. (Opinion, 1/24/14). Had an exclamation point been put after the word, a feeling of contempt would have been more rightly conveyed.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle’s call for politicians and others involved in the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam to go to the slums and experience for themselves what it is like to be poor (“Scam moves Tagle to tears,” Front Page, 8/14/13) touched me to the bone.
By Randy David
The idea of a humble Church—a Church that respects the authority of politics and of science while insisting on the autonomy of faith and morals—is one that fits the complexities of modern society.