Dear Cardinal Tagle, Walk with Us
Dear Luis Cardinal Tagle,
Filipinos rejoiced when you were appointed a Cardinal. Not because of any labels like liberal, progressive or conservative. What meant a lot to many of us, Catholics and those from other faiths, was your reputation as a cleric of integrity and compassion.
The last decade has seen the rot of corruption spread deep and wide, not just among the institutions of governance and commerce but also, sadly, among the churches, Christian or otherwise.
This has unfortunately weakened the moral power of faith leaders to step in on behalf of their faithful when times get too oppressive. This, for me, is painful at a very personal level, having spent the first few decades of adulthood marching in step with the clergy, the nuns and other faith leaders in search for relief for our people.
Your appointment as Cardinal, prince of the Church, and the election of Pope Francis as pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church gave deep comfort to so many having a crisis of belief and trust.
The Pope has led the way… continuing with his simple lifestyle, reaching out to society’s margins at every opportunity, speaking out on behalf of those battered by abuse and those who have fallen between the cracks of development.
When we saw you cry tears of sorrow while talking of how the powers-that-be have betrayed their public trust, Filipinos felt more confidence in pursuing the long and winding fight to cleanse our society of corruption.
Many believe you will stand behind the people on this. I believe you will.
Now, a serious challenge has landed on your lap. It will perhaps cause you much pain.
But I hope you will see this case as a way to shore up the foundations of trust among the faithful and rebuild the bridge of unity between the Church and Filipinos.
We’re not talking of a few Pajeros here, Cardinal. We’re talking of the tip of a scandal that has deprived Filipinos of many urgent needs they could have received — had not thieves stolen it from us.
We’re not saying the clerics named here are guilty of thievery. But there’s need to come clean:
How much in all these years has the Church received from Janet Napoles? Who received these funds? How were these funds used? (To read more, go to http://indayvarona.com/2013/08/17/dear-cardinal-tagle/)Disclaimer: The views in this blog are those of the blogger and do not necessarily reflect the views of ABS-CBN Corp.