Aquino said many outrageous statements in his Malacañang welcome speech for Pope Francis that wasn’t.
Among these are these words directly addressed to the Pope:
“I believe that you are a kindred spirit, one who sees things as they are, and is unafraid of asking, ‘Why not?’ Some of your statements might have been shocking or offensive to some peers. But Your Holiness is meant to be the instrument through which the Kingdom of God is allowed to flourish. In your example, we see the wisdom of continuing to ask, ‘Why not?’ We see joy, a sense of authentic service, and an insistence on a true community of the faithful. We thank the Lord for other kindred spirits like Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Father Catalino Arevalo, and Sister Agnes Guillen, who have always been voices of reason, and who are spiritual people who will always be natural allies, along with so many others. We would like to think that even more will join us in the truth, in the fullness of time.”
Those words reveal how diametrically opposed is the perspective of our Smartmatic PCOS-machine created President from that of Pope Francis, who indeed “sees things as they are.” Which is why despite Mr. Aquino’s delusional presumption that he is something similar in truthfulness and rectitude of intention to the Holy Father [“we tread this path with people such as yourself”], Pope Francis said to President Aquino and the guests in Rizal Hall:
“Today the Philippines, together with many other countries in Asia, faces the challenge of building on solid foundations a modern society—a society respectful of authentic human values, protective of our God-given human dignity and rights, and ready to confront new and complex political and ethical questions.
“As many voices in your nation have pointed out, it is now, more than ever, necessary that political leaders be outstanding for honesty, integrity and commitment to the common good. In this way they will help preserve the rich human and natural resources with which God has blessed this country.
“Thus will they be able to marshall the moral resources needed to face the demands of the present, and to pass on to coming generations a society of authentic justice, solidarity and peace.
“Essential to the attainment of these national goals is the moral imperative of ensuring social justice and respect for human dignity. The great biblical tradition enjoins on all peoples the duty to hear the voice of the poor.”
This shows that Pope Francis knows that President Aquino’s “Daang Matuwid” is a grand sham. The Pope—unlike leaders of foreign countries and the presidents of international bodies who have untruthfully praised Mr. Aquino for waging a successful anti-corruption campaign—knows that corruption during the four years so far of the Aquino presidency is worse than in previous regimes.
The Holy Father’s insistence, like other popes before him, on respect for human dignity—and life—has always included compassion for even unborn children, which Mr. Aquino’s Reproductive Health Act attacks. Kindred spirit indeed!
President Aquino probably came to conclude that Cardinal Tagle is among his “other kindred spirits” because he was wrongly reported to be “soft” on the Philippine Pro-Life Movement’s opposition to the passage of the Reproductive Life law.
Archbishop Cardinal Tagle defended Pope Francis’ the other year when the Holy Father was reported in secular media to have said that “the Catholic Church must shake off an obsession with teachings on abortion, contraception and homosexuality and become more merciful or risk the collapse of its entire moral edifice.” Cardinal Tagle explained, most correctly, that this emphasis on mercy has always been the Church’s teaching following the very words and example of the founder, Jesus Christ.