Tagle to attend Benedict XVI’s last Mass as pope

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Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle: In no hurry

MANILA, Philippines—Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has cancelled a scheduled campus tour as he prepares to leave for Rome to witness Pope Benedict XVI’s formal resignation on Thursday, Church officials said Saturday.

“He is attending the last Mass (of the Pope) with the cardinals on the 28th,” said Fr. Nono Alfonso SJ, executive director of Jesuit Communications (Jescom), one of the organizers of Tagle’s dialogue with students of Centro Escolar University in Manila.

Sought for confirmation, Fr. Reginald Malicdem, the cardinal’s secretary, said he was “not sure” if Tagle could still attend the CEU talk or the anniversary celebrations of the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution. But he said he was not aware of any new invitation from Rome.

“There’s no advice yet from the Vatican. The Vatican curia is still on retreat,” he said.

Tagle, the second youngest member of the College of Cardinals which will elect the next Pope, has been tagged by Church observers as one of the papabile, or the cardinals who could become the pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church and its 1.1 billion members around the world.

In his review of the papabile, CNN senior Vatican analyst John Allen on Friday called Tagle  the “great Asian hope” for the papal throne.

Allen said Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation due to old age and ill health benefited Tagle the most among the papabile but he added that some cardinals may have doubts Tagle could clean up the Vatican.

“One could make a pretty strong argument that nobody’s chances of becoming the next Pope benefit more from Benedict XVI’s resignation than Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila in the Philippines,” Allen wrote in an article posted on the Web site of the National Catholic Reporter.

“Under ordinary circumstances, Tagle’s youth would be seen as an almost insuperable bar to election. At 55, he’s three years younger than John Paul II was when he was elected in 1978, so a vote for Tagle would be tantamount to a vote for another long papacy, perhaps as much as 30 years,” he added.

Allen said many cardinals might balk at choosing a young Pope and see it as an “awfully big risk.”

“Now that the precedent has been set that a Pope can resign, however, the calculus is different. Tagle could give the church 10 or 15 years, then step aside—a thought that may well induce some cardinals to look past his age to other qualities,” Allen said.

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  • UrHONOR

    SAKALING mapili si Tagle: The prayers of the Pilipinos were answered…. and according to chapter___: verses___

    At kung hindi:  there are other plans for Tagle…according to chapter__: verses___

    Either way, tama na naman si pader.  Hedging as ever is the name of the game….and every TD&H gets to be an expert in bible interpretation.

    Kung yon bang gagastusing pamasahe atbp, e, sa mahihirap ginagastos, e, napakalaking tulong nyansa ilang pamilya.  Pumunta o hindi doon si Tagle, ganun din ang mangyayari……yon nga pang hindi siya makakapanya ng patago. 

  • politics201138

    CpCook:
     
    You are creating a mountain out of molehill, CpCook. It is still hypocrisy at its best and you know it. You may deny it to high heavens but it’s obvious as it can be.

    You are trying to stir a controversy when there’s none. If you will question every move of every Catholic priests in the whole world not only in the Philippines in particular, that will consume not even your lifetime on earth.
     
    If you are a Catholic as you say so, then so be it. You are the sole judge of yourself. But reading from what you had just posted earlier, there are inconcistencies of what you claim to be.
     
    If you really donate (tithing) to God thru Catholic church and Catholic institutions, do you later say in your mind–“God, I gave you my hard-earned money, now how will you gonna use it?”
     
    If you want to understand more the correlation of Catholic priests and the Lord, read page 68 of Pieta Prayer booklet titled “Criticism of Priests.” Now if you happen not to be in the Philippines, ask any of your family members or friends to buy you one in Catholic stores.
     
    Even the mere crossing of that idea attacking Catholic priests in anyone’s brain is I think is scary.

    But one thing I can say to you, you sounded respectful in your rebuttal even when we don’t agree and that’s the way it should be. It is appreciated.

  • geminimind

    We are all given the choice of our own free will and God is not involved.
    If they chose him to be or not to be therefore I say it’s not God’s will.
    Because it’s all politicized.

    • Platypus09

      It is your opinion. but what they do and the process will stay the same,whether or not it is politicized.

  • http://twitter.com/Olibo2 Olibo

    Tagle should be the next pope, Filipino Catholics are more fanatic than Vatican people. The devotees nailed themselves in the cross. They do excessive rituals like flagellation, Black Nazarene Pilgrimage. They have also too many tell-tales miracles and apparitions of saints and ‘images’ of Mary. Not many Fil.Catholic priests are published paedophiles and gays.

  • Hfxwst

    Am thinking of doing a full color coffee table book containing pics of the homes and other residences poor Filipinos provide to Cardinals, Bishops and Priests.  It will be called HUMILITY

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