Cardinal Tagle tells poor community to resist the allure of money in exchange for their dignity

Published April 17, 2019, 9:52 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Leslie Ann Aquino

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Wednesday urged dwellers of a shanty community in Tondo, Manila not to fall prey to the allure of money at the expense of someone’s dignity.

In a Mass at the Parola Compound in Tondo, the cardinal urged dwellers to resist the idolatry of wealth which is similar to what Judas Iscariot did when he betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.

“I hope that our generation will stop this kind of betrayal wherein people are sold for materials and money,” Tagle said in a CBCP News post.

His Eminence said money does not make a person rich, character does.

Tagle said there are lots of wealthy people but are impoverished in character.

“In the end your character is your true wealth and it’s priceless,” he said.

Dozens of people attended the Mass held in a makeshift tent built beside the Pasig River.

The church official arrived at the area riding an e-trike coming from the nearby Nuestra Señora de la Soledad Parish.

After the liturgical celebration, Cardinal Tagle joined the people and a group of parish volunteers for lunch.

It was in 2015 when Cardinal Tagle last visited the area. This was after a large fire swept through the community.