Filipino prelate: New pope will reduce secularism


Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle. INQUIRER file photo

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ top Roman Catholic leader says Pope Francis’ acts of reaching out to the masses will strengthen a church endangered by secularism.

Three Philippine cardinals who witnessed the installation of the Argentine pontiff returned home Thursday and heaped praise on the pope’s down-to-earth ways.

Francis, the first non-European pope since the Middle Ages, has won raves in his first days in the papacy by wading into crowds at St. Peter’s Square to meet common people and eschewing an armored limousine for an ordinary car to pick up his bags at a downtown Vatican hotel.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says such papal outreach will help the embattled church reconnect with people.

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  • Ari Putan

    Mabuti naman kung ganoon.
    Maiwasan ang pagiging pakialamero ng CBCPajero.

    • WeAry_Bat

      according to the latest from cebu, BMW na.

      san kaya mangaling ang P10k to P20k sa periodic maintenance ng kotseng ganyan sa taong walang trabaho kundi sa offering donations ng mga tao.

  • patrickinca

    totoo ba iyan? tingnan natin. I remember during the 90s na pinatawag ni pope john paul II si cardinal Sin at pinagalitan dahil pagiging pakialamero nila sa government noon.

  • brunogiordano

    “Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says such papal outreach will help the embattled church reconnect with people.”

    Pag pinagpilitan ng simbahan na i-reduce ang secularism lalong magiging embattled ang simbahan to reconnect with people.

  • Paliwaweng

    …with or without the pope, secularism will grow courtesy of the internet. This time, it is the church worst enemy, easy access to information.

    People nowadays have able to unearth lies that were being spread as gospels of truth.
    Few decades from now, religious viewpoint will be in a totally different perspective.

    • Sulong

      I also agree. The Internet has been key in the demystification of institutions, governments, professions, associations – anything that functions under a cloud of information exclusivity. Information has become very accessible, exposing basic truths about everything for the common person to interpret on his/her own.

  • 12JEM

    There is disconnect between the CLERGY and the LAITY….Because the Clergy is UP there and the Laity is DOWN somewhere.

    The Clergy has become the Elite Class…the Class living in Abundance and Luxury.

    While the Laity is mired in misery and poverty.

  • David Millon

    vote for more secularism

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