CNN pundit calls Tagle the ‘Great Asian Hope’


Newly elected Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, left, is greeted by cardinals after receiving the red three-cornered biretta hat by Pope Benedict XVI. AP

MANILA, Philippines—Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal 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 may likely 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 dubbed Tagle as the “Great Asian Hope” for the papal throne.

Allen said Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation due to old age 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 those of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila in the Philippines,” Allen wrote in an article posted on the website 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.

“When they do, they’re likely to find a lot to like about the man touted as the Great Asian Hope to take over the Throne of Peter. One Filipino commentator has said Tagle has a ‘theologian’s mind, a musician’s soul and a pastor’s heart,’” he added.

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 on 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, one of the organizers of Tagle’s dialogue with students of Centro Escolar University in Manila.

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  • Menemes

    Tanong: Anu ba pinagbatayan ng salitang papa or father? Di ba gawa-gawa lang ng ROMA yan sabi ni “brod pete”??

    Sagot: Napakarami sa biblia, pero since patungkol narin sa papa ang usapan eto maganda,
    OT Isaiah 22:21-23. Basa:
    21 I will clothe him with your robe and fasten your sash around him and hand your authority over to him. HE WILL BE A FATHER to those who live in
    Jerusalem and to the people of Judah. 22 I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he
    shuts no one can open. 23 I will drive him like a peg into a firm place; he will become a seat of honor for the house of his father.

    Tanong: Eh sino ba yung tinutukoy ng propesiya ng Isaiah 22:20-23 na magiging TATAY sa maninirahan sa Herusalem at sa Judah??
    Sagot: NT Matthew 16:18-19 Basa:
    18 And I tell you that you are PETER,and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the
    keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be  bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

    Tanong: E anu ba ang kaugnayan ng dalawang pabasa na iyan?
    Sagot: The keys to the kingdom of david(OT) = the keys to the kingdom of heaven (NT) = authority given to Peter. The old testament sheds light to the new, and the new testament sheds light to the old.They are in

    Tanong: Eh bakit hindi tinuru ni “Brod Pete” yan??Sagot: Di sya naniniwala.

    Tanong: Mabalik sa usapan, kung si Pedro pala yung magiging tatay, ano ang itatawag mo sa kanya??Sagot: Edi tatay, father, sa panahun ngayun Pope or Papa.

    Yun lang po, may the Lord bless us all.

    • sepultorero

      Napaka simpleng mga sagot sa mga komplikadong mga katanungan,

    • Jonathan Azurin Estrada

      8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
      Matthew 23: 8-12 (emphasis on verse 9)

      • Menemes

        You know what, rereviehin ko etong belief na to ha. As ive said nagsisimula palang ako and hinahanap ko ang katotohanan.

        One thing though if instructor = teacher, then you don’t call your teacher as teacher rin? How about doctors? Doctor is a latin word for teacher dba? Educate me dahil mangmang ako sa practices ng mga protestants.

        So far as this verse is concerned ang turo ng kaparian is huwag mong ituring diyos ang hindi diyos.

        Since both sides alam ko na, I guess i’ll consult books sa mga early christians and from there siguru sariwa pa ang interpretation nila.

  • bogli_anakdami

    me, praying to flipgod >>> plis plis plis… gawing pope si kaksaker padre dumbasso archibusupsop card tagle…

    pang dagdag sa plif frayd… kc, flipland eh meron ng boksingero kilo por kilo fuckiao, singer charice pekpeko,  ‘sang tambaks ang ‘merkan idol rejects, at ‘sang katutak na biyuti pajints…

    at saka, flipland heroes >>>  milyong ofw/slaves hugas pwets around da world..

    kulang na lang ng powp…  so, plis… plis …plis… flipgod naman naman namannn!

    • sepultorero

      Hmm… Your self description really fits you.

    • julymorning


      • mark_john21

         Wow, we have a staunch  DAMASO DEFENDER here!

  • Hein S

    Tagle can’t even clean his own Backyard.

    • julymorning


  • jb_galvez926

    I’m not a Roman Catholic but I think it would be nice to have Bishop Tagle become the next pope.

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    tagle is a radical gus2 mag parami ng batang hubo! salot radical

    • julymorning


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  • John Shinn III

    “Something is wrong with the Filipino psyche…we always think we matter in the world’s affairs even though we don’t….no wonder we always end up being the laughing stock of the world. take for example Manny Pacquiao…sure he has 8 championship belts…but you think Americans idolize him? NO! Pacquaio is nobody in America! They only remember him whenever he has a fight…the next day he’s gone from their minds…Pinoys are obssessed with anything and everything…kaya madaling paikutin mga utak nila! Now they’re peddling this bull about a Pinoy as the next pope? c’mon…hoy! gising na!”

    • 1voxPopuli

      Pacquaio is nobody in America? you surely dont know what you are talking about. 
      and why compare Cardinal Tagle to Pacquiao? you dont need to win belts to get the papacy. 

      cardinal Tagle is a candiate no matter how small the chances are.

    • julymorning


    • Jonathan Azurin Estrada

      pacquiao is a big name in america and the world over. he’s got endorsement contracts from many companies pa nga e, including nike and technomarine. he’s even got hollywood and NBA stars as fans. and besides natural lang na magiging fan ni pacquiao ang mga pilipino dahil pilipino siya, just like what kim yuna is to koreans, lee chong wei to malaysians and even lang ping to the chinese. look them up if you don’t know them. and what’s wrong with a filipino being pope? we always think we matter in the world’s affairs? since when? and how is that connected to cardinal tagle becoming pope (should he win)?

  • Mario Salinas

    Too much noise here about Christian theology. If we went back to history, we would realize that the Philippines could have been a Muslim country, were it not for the active “Christianization” by the Spaniards. Our neighbors are Muslims, a few are Buddhists. The Philippines is clearly an anomaly in this part of the world. Our being “Christians” at the moment is an incident of history, nothing more.

  • imongredneck

    A Filipino Pope will put an end to discussions on divorce and same sex marriage in the Phil., even perhaps repeal of RH bill. God is good.

  • bugoybanggers

    Respect FREEDOM of RELIGION, Freedom of BELIEFS. Do not criticize their beliefs because they are also HUMAN. Who cares if they are wrong or correct… you must not feel superior to others. No criticism, Catholics is Catholics, you or what ever you are just go on with your life.

  • lucidlynx

    Kapag naging pope si Tagle, lilisanin ko na ang simbahan katolika.

    • Eric

       hindi ka kawalan…

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