• Aquino ‘hate’ speech deeply personal – Tagle

    PRESIDENTIAL GIFT President Aquino presents a commemorative coin worth P500 as one of his gifts to Pope Francis during the pontiff’s visit to Malacañang. MALACAÑANG PHOTO

    President Aquino presents a commemorative coin worth P500 as one of his gifts to Pope Francis during the pontiff’s visit to Malacañang. MALACAÑANG PHOTO

    Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle was not surprised with the way President Benigno Aquino 3rd lashed out at some members of the clergy in front of Pope Francis on Friday during the pontiff’s courtesy call at Malacañang.

    Tagle noted that President Aquino’s penchant to blame the previous administration on the problems he has inherited is an old refrain.

    “Filipinos can attest to this: In many of his speeches since becoming president, he has always referred to the previous administration on how he has inherited some of the problems that the former administration was not able to address,” Tagle said.

    “So I heard of that speech today, while the silence of some bishops was mentioned, I think it was still a commentary on the previous administration,” he added.

    He said that Aquino’s motivation to come up with his message to the Pope was deeply personal and shaped by political experience during martial law.

    “My impression is this, I think he was coming from a deeply personal experience… his own suffering during martial law and his appreciation for the role of the Church during that time, but also there is that political dimension,” the cardinal explained.

    On Friday, Aquino blasted some prelates who have been critical of his administration, but who have been silent during the crisis of the previous administration.

    “Perhaps we had grown so accustomed to having this Church, always at the forefront of championing the rights of all, especially those of the marginalized, that we found it hard to understand its transformation. We were taught that the Catholic Church is the true church, and that there is constancy, for it upholds the truth at all times,” Aquino said.

    “Hence, there was a true test of faith when many members of the Church, once advocates for the poor, the marginalized, and the helpless, suddenly became silent in the face of the previous administration’s abuses, which we are still trying to rectify to this very day. In these attempts at correcting the wrongs of the past, one would think that the Church would be our natural ally. In contrast to their previous silence, some members of the clergy now seem to think that the way to be true to the faith means finding something to criticize, even to the extent that one prelate admonished me to do something about my hair, as if it were a mortal sin. Is it any wonder then, that they see the glass not as half-full, or half-empty, but almost totally empty. Judgment is rendered without an appreciation of the facts.”

    Tagle appealed to Filipino people not to give so much attention to Aquino’s speech and instead focus on the apostolic visit of Pope Francis.

    He explained that the Pope will not stay for a lifetime in the Philippines, but the president will always be in the country.

    “My first appeal to all of us is, while the speech of the president is important, I hope we will not lose focus on the Pope because he would stay for only for a few days while the president is here to stay. We can continue exploring his speech even after the Holy Father returns to the Vatican,” he said.

    However, he said that the best person who can explain the speech of the president “is the president himself.”

    Meanwhile, Tagle allowed the cancellation of masses in Manila on Sunday due to the scheduled Eucharistic celebra-tion of Pope Francis at the Luneta Park.

    In a circular, Tagle noted that the Holy Father will highlight his apostolic visit to the Philippines with a Holy Eucharist at Luneta on January 18, the Feast of the Sto. Niño, at 3:30 p.m.

    “We understand the desire of our faithful to be part of this celebration by personally attending this event at Luneta or through television and other live feeds,” Tagle said.

    “Thus we are allowing the cancellation of the afternoon masses in all churches, shrines and chapels in the Archdiocese of Manila,” he added.

    However, the prelate encouraged priests, rectors and chaplains to inform their parishioners about the cancellation of masses ahead of time, and to celebrate additional masses in the evening of Saturday, January 17.

    “By whatever means we join in communion with the Holy Father, the Vicar of Christ on earth, let us open our hearts to the immeasurable grace of this visit and allow his message of mercy and compassion to enter deep into our hearts and be seen in our lives. Let us accept Jesus in him,” he said.


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    1. Roldan Guerrero on

      Pnoy`s speech is not reconcilliatory. He wants to be recognized in every decission he makes, most of which are called unpopular decissions. More than what Marcos did, after making the senate and congress his rubberstamp through bribery, he also wants the the church to bow and submit to his will. Marcos never fought the church because he knows something is wrong if the church meddle in political affairs. Cardinal Sin joined the call for Marcos` ouster and they did it. Cardinal Tagle should also do the same since if we let BSA go on, we will be suffering longer, another 6yrs.once BSA will succeed installing the next President of his choice.

    2. why are you sorry for GMA? was she GMA sorry when she salvage people & stole your money?

      Nobody dictated Pnoy’s speech. it’s his own prerogative. You can’t blame him for the oppressions done to his family by the previous admin esp. the marcos’s. He is Aquino, son of BS Aquino II, a poor journalist who covered the Vietnam war.. His mom is Cojuangco. and if ever the Cojuangco’s missed up it’s not him Pnoy.

      Priests here in America have bad images molesting young boys. But not all priests are bad. there are priests that are nice too like the Pope’s words to the poor people. pope has no authority over the Gov’t not just like before during the Spanish occupation that they are the law.

      We American Pinoys are behind him,Pnoy – TUWID NA DAAN.. thanks

    3. We should just put that President’s speech into the trash bin,just focus on the messages of Pope Francis.It is much better to hear those than the Presidents.Pnoy’s heart is full of hatred,i pity this man.Fr,Lombardi said that the President speech is unique.Yes it is unique because it is coming from a lunatic and a derange man.

    4. I am sorry cardinal it was personal for me too. I felt personally embarrassed that the president of my country had the temerity to speak the way he did before the vicar of Jesus how immature he was (is) to not know that he is a nobody in comparison. I would have wanted that he, in humble supplication, asked the Pope for help and prayer that he and the clergy can reconcile meaningfully and that he would be inspired to truly reform our government in the final days of his administration and that he would pursue Pope Francis’ campaign for mercy and compassion by allowing Gloria to spend her dwindling days in her own home with her family. I am personally sorry he did not.