MANILA, August 13, 2013— The head of Roman Manila’s Catholic Church got teary-eyed as he joined calls for investigation into the pork barrel scam involving some of the country’s lawmakers.
Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has again displayed a more emotional side of his personality Tuesday, condemning the alleged irregularity as “heartbreaking.”
“Who will not be shocked with these reports and with the magnitude of money involved? Tagle said in a press conference on the upcoming Philippine Conference on New Evangelization.
According to him, an investigation is necessary in order to determine the truth behind the allegations of corruption against some congressmen and senators.
“It’s really necessary that this would be scrutinized and investigated including the past scandals that are in danger of being forgotten,” Tagle said.
“But once they see them and even feel their suffering, maybe, they will at least be disheartened and moved by it,” he said.
Dear Cardinal Tagle and Archbishop Villegas:
We have decided to write you an open letter on the feast day of St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests.
Pope John Paul II referred to the great saint as a “rare example of a pastor acutely aware of his responsibilities...and a sign of courage for those who today experience the grace of being called to the priesthood.”
Cardinal Chito and Archbishop Soc, the two of you are arguably the fresh new faces of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. It is indeed a refreshing change compared to the old, "political" faces of the CBCP during the time of Gloria Arroyo.
"Repair The Church"
We urgently need your leadership to make the Catholic Church in the Philippines the haven of the poor, the neglected and the young. Help repair the Church and make Her the true window of God's mercy for our country.
"This age is a 'kairos' of mercy," Pope Francis recently said, using the Greek word for a special or particularly opportune moment.
Love For The Poor
Pope Francis has called for the realignment of the Church with the marginalised sectors of human society, especially the poor and the young.
Poor people and young people must be given consideration and, above all, they must be met in their own social context.
"Spiritual sickness of a Church."
"We need to avoid the spiritual sickness of a Church that is wrapped up in its own world: when a Church becomes like this, it grows sick. It is true that going out onto the street implies the risk of accidents happening, as they would to any ordinary man or woman. But if the Church stays wrapped up in itself, it will age. And if I had to choose between a wounded Church that goes out onto the streets and a sick withdrawn Church, I would definitely choose the first one." Pope FrancisIn describing his choice of the name Francis he concluded: “How I would like a Church which is poor and for the poor!” He marries this love of poverty with a clear-sighted understanding of its birth from structures of injustice, pointing out that human rights are violated not only by physical and political violence, but “also by unfair economic structures that create huge inequalities.” From The Jesuit Post
Please shun politics and power!
Cardinal Chito, always remember the brotherly advice of Pope Benedict to you and five other new cardinals:
"To be disciples of Jesus, then, means not letting ourselves be allured by the worldly logic of power, but bringing into the world the light of truth and God's love," he said.
"To you, dear and venerable brother cardinals - I think in particular of those created yesterday - is entrusted this demanding responsibility: to bear witness to the kingdom of God, to the truth."
“Ewan ko lang kung yan ay coincidence lang o dahil nga may pinapasabi ang Diyos sa atin na kapag iyan ay pinag-uusapan ng matindi ay parang may mensahe na nangyayari na maraming kahirapan na nagaganap sa atin," Bishop Pabillo said in an interview with Radio Veritas.
Mercy is a word Pope Francis uses often, and an attitude he believes the Catholic Church must embody and all Catholics must mirror.
May God have mercy on all of us. May God bless our beautiful country.
The EQ Post