By Leslie Ann Aquino
Catholics must engage in dialogue, said Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.
The cardinal said this on the first day of the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization in Quezon City, Tuesday.
“A real Catholic is not afraid of dialogue. One should say because I’m a Catholic, I will engage in dialogue,” said Tagle.
“I hope that will be one of our takeaways from this PCNE,” he added.
His Eminence said God is a God of dialogue.
“God speaks. God listens. This is not a strategy to reach something. It could be approached that way, but for believers it is something that is divine,” he said.
“To our brethren…dialogue is not just a style, it is following God. It is really following the way of the spirit…it is following the will of God the Father,” added Tagle.
To note, this year’s 7th PCNE focused on the Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue, and Indigenous Peoples, which is part of the preparation for the celebration of 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines in 2021.
PCNE was introduced by Cardinal Tagle in 2013 as a response to the call of the new evangelization.
It was first held on October 16-18, 2013, with the theme “God makes all things new (Rev. 21:5).