Vatican names Bishop Tagle Manila archbishop

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Imus Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle

Imus Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle, a former member of a theological body once headed by Pope Benedict XVI before he became Pontiff, has been appointed the new archbishop of Manila.

Tagle took over the Manila archdiocese from Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, whose resignation has been accepted by the Pope.

Tagle’s appointment was announced yesterday in the Vatican and by Charge d’Affaires Msgr. Gabor Pinter of the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila.

Tagle hosts a Sunday program, “The Word Exposed,” on ANC, Studio 23 and the government-owned NBN. He also has a Facebook page, which has been flooded with congratulations from online fans.

He is affectionately known by his nickname, Chito.

‘Am going home’

“Malaya na ako. Uwi na ako sa amin (I’m free. I’m going home),” a smiling Rosales told senior clergymen and members of the media after leading the Angelus at the chapel in his official residence in Intramuros.

Well-wishers took turns shaking and kissing the cardinal’s hand and posing for souvenir pictures with him.

Rosales, 79, earlier said the Vatican had already accepted his resignation and he was just waiting for his successor to be named. He submitted his resignation in 2007 when he turned 75, the mandatory retirement age for prelates, but the Pontiff extended his term indefinitely.

‘With trepidation’

Tagle sent a statement expressing confidence that he would be able to fulfill his new duties with God’s help.

“I face this heavy responsibility with much trepidation,” Tagle said. “Leaving the Diocese of Imus, my beloved home, at the threshold of its Golden Jubilee, is not easy. But faith in our gracious Lord and love of the Church give me strength.”

Tagle added: “I know that I would find much good will and zeal for my mission in the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila. In our openness to the Holy Spirit, we could render a joyful and robust witness to Jesus Christ, all for the glory of the Father and the good of the Church and of society, especially, especially of the poor.”

Tagle, 54, will be the 32nd archbishop of Manila and its first Manila-born archbishop. He is also the youngest Manila archbishop after the Irish-born James Michael O’Doherty, who was appointed in 1916.

Tagle was ordained a priest in 1982 and appointed Imus bishop in 2001. Imus is one of the dioceses of the Manila metropolitan archdiocese.

Ph.D. in sacred theology

From 1985 to 1992, Tagle was sent for further studies to the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he earned his doctorate in sacred theology.

Tagle served as member of the International Theological Commission while it was still chaired by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI. Tagle served as a theologian of at least two ordinary synods at the Vatican.

He currently teaches theology at the Loyola School of Theology in Manila and the Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay City.

Tagle was ordained bishop of Imus on Dec. 12, 2001.

He is also currently the chairman of the Commission on Doctrine of the Faith of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

More time for prayers

“In the 10 years that Archbishop Tagle was in the episcopacy and ministry, he showed that his ministry was very pastoral,” Rosales said. “Care for the laity and also in a special way for the priests’ characterized his pastoral work.”

No date has been set for the ordination and installation of the new Manila archbishop. Until that time, the Vatican said Rosales would be the temporary administrator of the Manila archdiocese.

Rosales, who will now be referred to as the archbishop emeritus of Manila, said he would return to his native Lipa City and live in a retirement home for priests there. Rosales was archbishop of Lipa from 1992 to 2003.

He said he was looking forward to having more time to pray and write. He said he was planning to write a book about the late Lucena Bishop Alfredo Obviar, whose cause of beatification Rosales had been pursuing for several decades.

“See me at the second floor, Room Number 8,” Rosales said.

‘Forget me’

Asked what legacy he would want to be known for, Rosales said that he did not want to be remembered in any way.

“Forget me. I don’t want to be remembered, in truth. I don’t want to be honored. I just want to live a simple life,” he said.

His advice to Tagle is to “continue to preach about Jesus,” and to connect with Catholics of his new archdiocese, which covers the cities of Manila, Pasay, Makati, Mandaluyong and San Juan.

Originally posted at 06:06 pm | Thursday, October 13, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Sayang padre nahuli ka! Kahit man lang sana isang montero nakakuha ka!

    • Anonymous

      Sana John matuto kang gumalang ng kapwa lalo na yung hindi mo kilala ng personal, obispo man o hindi.

      Para sa iyong kaalaman, madalas mag-commute si Bishop Tagle gamit ang pampublikong sasakyan mula Cavite papuntang Manila at pabalik para magturo bilang guro. Nagtricycle na rin sya minsan para magmisa sa isang kapilya.

      Sa huling banda, hindi naman masama gumamit ng sariling sasakyan kung gagamitin sa kabutihan. God bless!

      • Anonymous

        Hindi masama kung sarili mong sasakyan pero kung galing sa taong bayan na naghihirap. MASAMA!

      • Anonymous

        Sa Simbahan: “Walang sinuman ang sobrang yaman na kaya na niyang ibigay lahat, at walang sinuman ang sobrang hirap na wala siyang kayang iambag.”

        Bawat katoliko na naghahandog ng tulong, pagkain man iyan o sasakyan, etc., kung taos puso sa pagbibigay, walang malisya doon. Eh ano ngayon kung ang mga katoliko, mahirap man o mayaman, ay gustong magbigay sa Simbahan? Walang masama doon at hindi rin ito kasalanan.

        Tutulungan namin si Archbishop Tagle dahil alam namin na sa trabaho nya, lahat makikinabang, katoliko man o hindi.

        I hope finally makapag-move on ka na, matagal nang tapos ang “SUV scandal” na yan at napatunayang walang nagkasala sa batas. Mag-focus na lang tayo sa pagtulong sa kapwa. 

      • Anonymous

        Ikaw siguro mang empoy ang pinaka malaking pakinabang. Kung kusang loob ang tulong ok lang pero kung galing sa corruption lalo kung ang bansa ay ganito kahirap,…. Yan ang masama!
        Tingnan mong mabuti ang simbahan mo mang empoy. Ang laki ng collection ninyo hingi pa ng hingi ang mga obispo mo mula sa PCSO. Kelan kaya kayo mabubusog. Para kayong mga pulitiko na walang kabusugan.

      • Anonymous

        John, hindi naman ganoon at sana huwag kang magparatang. Nirerespeto ko ang opinyon mo, karapatan mo yan bilang isang pinoy sa isang demokratikong bansa.

        Ang sinasabi ko lang yung panghihingi sa PCSO nabahiran ng malisyosong interpretasyon. Tumutulong ang gobyerno sa simbahan at tumutulong naman ang simbahan sa gobyerno.
        Hindi ko maaalis ang galit mo sa mga obispo pero sana tingnan mo rin yung mga projects ng simbahan. Subukan mo lang imbestigahan at tignan yung mga charity work, yun lang.

        Huwag mo sana daanin sa inis kasi nagiging biased ang opinyon mo. Magresearch ka muna para maging objective ang judgment mo. Subukan mo lang, walang mawawala sa iyo.

      • Anonymous

        Mang empoy, yung paghingi ng tulong mula sa PCSO ay hindi nabahiran ng malisyosong interpretasyon. Yun ay malisyoso talaga lalo na kung ang kapalit ay ang pag suporta kay Gloria. Yung isa nga birthday pa ang sina sabi!
        Hindi kailangan ng gobyerno ang tulong simbahan, ang kailangan ay wag na silang makialam!

  • Anonymous

    PCSO mag handa na kayo ng isang magandang sasakyan!

    • kris makati

      sus kawawa ka naman hanggang nagyon yan pa rin ang paniniwala mo sa mga obispo.. kung ahas lang siguro ang katotohanan natuklaw ka na di mo pa alam.

      • Anonymous

        ang katotohanan ay parang otot. di mo kayang kimkimin sapagkat kusang lumalabas at dumadampi sa ilong mong barado ng kulangot. – book of revelation, revised edition

      • Anonymous

        Ikaw ang kawawa. Hanggang ngayon naniniwala ka pa sa mga ugok na yan!

  • Anonymous

    What’s in our heart speaks for ourselves. Lord have mercy…

  • Anonymous

    inggit na inggit c satanas

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K2EQ4X3UT5L32WUDRB6JMCKTYI Virgilio

    Ang naitatag na ay hindi kailangang itatag na muli. Itinatatag ni Kristo ang kaniyang Iglesia sa Jerusalem. Ang napatatag sa Roma ay iglesia katolika apostolika romana. ang napatatag sa Pilipinas ay iglesia ni Manalo bagama’t tinatawag nila ito na Iglesia ni Cristo. Ang iglesia na itinatatag ni Kristo ay ay lumaganap at lumalaganap datapuat ang turo at aral nito ay galing sa Banal na Kasulatan dahil dito ito ay walang Santa Papa o Executive Minister sapagkat si Kristo lamang ang ulo ng Iglesia at siya ang tagapagligtas ng Iglesia. Ibigay natin ang boong kaluwalhatian kay Cristo Jesus!

    • Anonymous

      Mr. Virgilio,

      walang Iglesia ni Manalo.

      Ang alam kong nakalista sa SEC ay Iglesia Ni Cristo. July 27, 1914, ng magsimula ang unang digmaan.

      Ano kaya ang batayan mo ng Iglesia Ni Manalo?

  • KianFF

    O sige, pinagsisiksikan talaga ng mga sekta yung mga sarili nila dito. Ok :))
    Pati yung isyung PCSO ibinabato sa bagong arsobispo. Hay naku, bago kayo magsalita dapat kilalanin niyo muna yung tao. Kilala niyo ba si Bishop Tagle? 

    • Anonymous

      Hindi ko kilala si Bishop Tagle. Close kayo?

      • KianFF

        Hindi mo pala kilala bat andito ka at concerned ka sa mga pangyayari? Hahaha!  Buhay nga naman ng mga epal, walang magawa. :))

      • Anonymous

        Close kayo? Haha. Mas epal ka eh. Tinanong mo kung kilala namin. Close kayo? Baka kilala mo lang sa pangalan.

      • KianFF

        Bakit kailangan ba maging close para makilala mo yung obispo? Hindi ba sapat yung mga bagay na alam mo tungkol sa kanya, sa kanyang mga adhikain at mga ginagawa para sa simbahan.  Kaya walang karapatan ang sinuman na parangatan ang obispo sa bagay na hindi niya karapat-dapat tanggapin. Naku, epal ka talaga, bat ba kasi masyado kang concerned? Magugunaw ba ang simbahan mo dahil dito? 

      • Anonymous

        Punye ta ka wala akong simbahan at wala akong pakialam sa mga puki ng ina nyo. Epal kang kupal ka eh sinagot lang kita.

      • Anonymous

        may nakawala yatang inmate dito he  he he he. kaya lingohan kung mag comment he he he he.

        mang eps, magcomment ka ba ng mga nakakatakot na salitang balbal. babasahin namin pag mey time para naman di masayang pinambayad mo sa internet cafe para makacomment dito. malay mo matakot din kami. nyek nyek nyek nyek.

      • Anonymous

        At isa pa madali lang malaman yung mga bagay tungkol sa bishop nyo. May Google na tanga. Eh kung makapagsalita ka parang close kayo. Punye ta ka!

      • Anonymous

        hanep. astig. yon lang. nyek nyek nyek nyek.

      • Anonymous

        Puki ng ina mo. Wala kang sense kadebate. May masabi na lang basta na. Panis. LOL

  • Anonymous

    Hindi nangangahulugan na kayo ay nakahehistro na Iglesia ni Cristo ay kayo na nga ang tunay na Iglesia ni Kristo, sapagkat tingnan na lamang ninyo ang inyong pamamalakad. Ang pamamalakad ninyo ay isang dynasty ng tao. Pagkamatay ni Ginoong Felix Manalo ang pumalit ay ang kaniyang anak na si Ginoong Erano Manalo.At ngayon ang Ministrong Tagapamaha ninyo ay si Ginoong Eduardo Manalo. Hindi ba ito family dynasty. Ang tunay na Igelsia ni Kristo ay hindi family dynasty. Si Kristo ay tagapagtatag at ulo ng Iglesia. Hindi siya puwedeng palitan ng sinumang tao. Ang Iglesia sa Bagong Tipan ay may mga elders sa bawat igelsia lokal at mga diakono na tagpagsilbi sa gawain ng iglesia.

  • Anonymous

    Mga cupal kayong lahat. Walang matuwid. Baboy tayong lahat lalo ka na Barak_O. LOL

  • Anonymous

    Yoooo Hoooo!!!!  Woooo Hooooo !!!!  Philippines has new Bishop !!!!  IS THIS GOOT? Or is it Bat ?

    I tink is goot !  At last after 480 years of answered ignored prayers someone will in the name of Bishop Tagle !!!!

    MEA CULPA SANTASIMA COUP-DE-T’AT !!!!!!  HAWR! HAWR! HAWR!

  • Anonymous

    Ang Iglesiang natatag sa Jerusalem ay hindi na muling maitatatag pa sapagkat ito ay naitatag at ang aral ay ayon sa Bagong Tipan. Umabot man ito sa Pilipinas ay hindi nangangahulugan na itinatag ng sinumang may dunong at kakayahan. Dapat lamang na sundin ang sinasabi ng Biblia. Ito ay hindi puwedeng dagdgan o bawasan man. Ang relihiyon na kinagisnan ng mga Pilipino ay marami ng dagdag na gawa ng mga prayle ng panahon ng mga kastila at ito ngayon ang sinusunod ng maraming Pilipino.

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