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Will Cardinal Tagle advance the ‘Francis effect’?

We were at the SVD Dinner for the Missions held last March at Elements, Centris, Quezon City, which featured Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle and CNN Vatican correspondent John Allen Jr. in a “conversation.” But for the time constraint, we wanted to ask the cardinal whether he agreed with Pope Francis’ position stated, on many occasions, that it’s time Catholic Church leaders and prelates moved away from being obsessed with doctrinal matters, rituals and rules (with respect to homosexuals, abortion, contraception, divorce, etc.) to manifesting simplicity, understanding, compassion and mercy toward the faithful, especially the poor. This, we think, largely sums up the essence of the “Francis effect” that Allen was referring to.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

‘Hardly a loving, respectful way to honor the Lord’

We see the piety and fervor of the Filipino devotees to the Black Nazarene enthroned in Quiapo Church every year when its feast is celebrated on Jan. 9. We also noticed the crowds of devotees getting bigger each year; but so, too, the problems confronting city officials in managing them.

Posted: January 30th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Justice’s two voices


Most people I talked with appreciated Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle’s impassioned critique of the pork barrel scam and his low-key presence at the Aug. 26 Luneta rally. His actions raise once again the question of how the Catholic Church should address the problems facing people in society today, especially the problems of social justice.

Posted: September 5th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Confess, then live among poor’

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 what it is like to be poor was intended to move their hearts and make them repent. But repentance can be meaningful only if there is confession first.

Posted: August 25th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Tagle: ‘You can do better than this’


Fighting back tears, Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle answered ABS-CBN reporter Nina Corpus’ question on the alleged channeling of a staggering P10 billion in lawmakers’ pork barrel funds to fake nongovernment organizations. What, she asked, would the cardinal want to say to those who engineered the scam? While the cardinal was clearing a lump in his [...]

Posted: August 14th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The invasion of Casiguran


The Aurora-Pacific Economic and Freeport Zone (Apeco), a P3-billion 12,900-hectare economic zone in Casiguran, Quezon, was branded by the Guidon, the official newspaper of Ateneo de Manila University, as “revealing an attitude that is insidiously totalitarian and marginalizing.” Apeco was coauthored by Aurora Rep. Sonny Angara, who is running for senator, and his father, Sen. Edgardo Angara.

Posted: May 9th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Shoes of the fishermen


Well, it was the first time a pope had resigned in more than 600 years. So it was only fitting that it would also be the first time a pope would come from other than Europe in more than 1,300 years.

Posted: March 17th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Beholding: Cardinal Tagle as thinker


I suppose that anyone who has seen Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle speak can testify to his gifts as a preacher: He is a truly engaging speaker, who connects to his audience both because he appears to be thinking on his feet, fashioning his words to suit or reflect the nuances of the occasion, and because his preaching is animated by a very strong sense of structure, and thus of direction. His audience knows where they are at any given moment, and where the good bishop is headed.

Posted: February 25th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Pope from the boondocks


If he ever comes close to it, Filipinos will have a field day choosing an appropriate name for him. “Pope Chito” would be great of course, though the tradition seems to be to adopt an official name of a past pope and affix a Roman numeral to it—Pope Benedict XVI, Pius XII, John Paul II, etc. The last of course spawning jokes about George and Ringo being thrown into the bargain as well.

Posted: February 18th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Taking a swipe at the Cardinal?


A Jesuit friend I esteem cried foul recently over Karen Boncocan’s characterization of a major homily given by the new Cardinal Archbishop of Manila, Luis Antonio “Chito” Tagle. (The homily, on the occasion of the Feast of Jesus the Nazarene, was read, or rather extemporized, on Jan. 9, but I read my friend’s e-mail to me only the other day.)

Posted: January 28th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Church as leaven of society


Underdevelopment can be attributed in no small measure to dysfunctional institutions. This can be said of our two major institutions, Church and State, constitutionally separate but with intersecting objectives and policies. Deep reforms must take place if the country is to move faster to be in step with the globalized community of nations. While the [...]

Posted: January 10th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Unfinished march

It was discouraging to see the dialogue between the Casiguran marchers and President Aquino turn sour at the end. A prominent lawyer advising the protesters suggested that the acrimonious end may have been caused by their unrealistically high expectations; many commentators faulted the President for being too process-oriented. All this is unfortunate, because there is a real need to review the very basis of the ambitious Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority, or Apeco—and for the review to have actual impact, the protesters and the President need to work with each other.

Posted: December 13th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »



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