Today is another historic day for the Philippine Catholic Church as the new Archbishop of Manila was formally installed. Former Bishop of Imus, Most Reverend Luis Antonio Tagle formally took his seat of the most powerful Catholic official of the Archdiocese of Manila. The 54 year-old bishop, took the place of retired Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales (who reached the mandatory retirement age of 75) to be the 32nd Archbishop of Manila.
I knew Bishop Tagle from his former television show in ABS-CBN. His very humble, and very simple yet his charisma is radiating. When he do his talks on that show, one can easily understood what he wants to implore. Being a graduate of Ateneo Seminary, I believe he embodies the Jesuit nature of being “liberally faithful” to the Catholic Christian teachings. And with that I know he can revitalize and renew the seemingly “tainted” image of the current Catholic Church in the country.
With different issues pressing the leadership of the Philippine RCC concerning it’s own ranks and different social and political concerns, Most Reverend Tagle will have a hand full of duties needed to address. But I believe with his character that I see, he can make or transform the now gloomy Catholic Church into a more vibrant and more energized church. Considering also his young age, he will have a long way of shepherding the 3rd largest Catholic community in the world. And I also believe this new leadership will equate to a new hope for the Philippine Catholic Community in addressing issues not only concerning socio political matters.
“It is rather by being a humble disciple content with the love of Jesus that I would see the advent of him whose love propels us to mission. Love makes one a true shepherd, not position” – Most Reverend Luis Antonio Tagle
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