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.
“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.