• About Katrina S. Santiago’s “Dear Cardinal Tagle (Cultural crises 2!)”


    I agree. The endorsement of Cardinal Tagle is really in poor taste and uncalled for. He should not be writing letters of recommendations for unqualified people AT ALL. This really tarnishes his image.

    Poor Cardinal Tagle. All he was doing must have been to oblige a fellow Caviteno who asked him to write a letter of endorsement of his application to be appointed head of the NCCA.

    He should have, should hire, a better letter writer because it is really imprudent of him to use that “will be appreciated” phrase. One wonders if he really wanted it to mean, as it does when used by people who wield power and can bestow favors, that he would be willing to repay President Aquino with a similarly BIG favor if he (Aquino) made Francisco of Imus the NCCA executive director.

    But maybe, like a lot of priests and bishops, Cardinal Tagle is like the little children who do not think words and phrases should be weighed and not written or spoken casually. If so, then His Eminence literally just meant that he would “appreciate”–i.e. like and value highly but without any promise to repay–Francisco’s appointment, just as one appreciates a good book or a tenor’s rendition of Rossini’s Stabat Mater aria.

    I don’t think Cardinal Archbishop Tagle meant by “will be greatly appreciated” that he would — if Francisco got the NCCA Executive Directorship–TELL militant Catholics like the professors at UA&AP, Kit and Mrs. Fenny Tatad. Atty. Alan Paguia, Eric Manalang of Pro-Life Philippines, the Imbong family, the Opus Dei members who worry together with Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz that Philippine society is being made as amoral and Godless as most of the societies in American and European cities are, TO STOP being more popish than Pope Francis.

    I don’t think Cardinal Tagle will order them to drop their pro-Life stand and stop being loyal to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church as advocated by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, St. John XXIII, St. John Paul II the Great, St. Josemaria Escriva, St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Francis of Assisi, St. John Vianney, Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta, St. Faustina of Divine Mercy and many other saints.

    But I could be wrong. Maybe Cardinal Archbishop Tagle is really a kind of Richelieu.

    It’s ironic that Ateneo professor Katrina Stuart Santiago is exposing Cardinal Archbishop Tagle who admires her university and the 200 or so Ateneo professors who, following Fr. Bernas, were against the CBCP’s conservative doctrinal stand against the Reproductive Health Bill.

    I think Katrina Stuart Santiago, by doing her usual secular-liberal duty to denigrate a Cardinal of the Catholic Church, has weakened the Catholic prelate who seems to be an ideological ally of her feminist, pro-choice, pro-gay marriage and pro-Left admirers.
    Gloria M. Kuizon


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    1. R E. Fidelino, M.D. on

      Why is he still being addressed as “Cardinal Archbishop ” when everybody else is just
      “Cardinal”? Is that a special designation from Rome?

      REPLY: Dr. Fidelino: Because he is the Archbishop of Manila. He is a Cardinal of the global Roman Catholic Church. And his specific job in the Philippines is archbishop and his area of responsibility is the archdiocese of Manila. Thank you for being a Manila Times Reader.–The Editors

    2. Mang Karpio on

      We are so quick with critic but have looked at the mirror lately and asked ourselves that very same question we ask of others to do…Whatever or Bahala ka! Each individual named simply portrays their selfish role whether they are pro or against, liberal or conservative. Its simply the way of life until someone says foul. In every ball games you alws have that team present on each side. Sometimes some comments should not be made because you are being hurtful to others. The very same others has not hurt you but you have to get your 15 minutes of fame thru the media. Action speaks louder than words and the pen is longer mightier that the sword. Guns don’t kill people it’s people who kills.