Cardinal Bishop appointment of Cardinal Tagle welcomed by Catholic prelates

Published May 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Leslie Aquino

Catholic prelates welcomed the appointment of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle as cardinal bishop saying it is God’s grace to the latter and the Filipino people.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, arrives for a briefing to discuss the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment at the Vatican Oct. 23. (CNS photo via CBCP/Paul Haring / MANILA BULLETIN)
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle (CNS photo via CBCP/Paul Haring / MANILA BULLETIN)

“His appointment as cardinal bishop is confirmation of God’s grace to His Eminence, and also to us Filipinos,” Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga.

“We see in his appointment that in spite of darkness and difficulties of COVID-19, God’s light shining on us and surely His healing will be on us and to the whole world,” he added.

Catholic prelates said with the appointment, Pope Francis affirmed his trust on Cardinal Tagle.

“Pope Francis affirms his trust and confidence to His Eminence and confer to the Philippine Church,” said Santos.

“We are happy with this appointment. It shows trust of the Holy Father but at the same time greater expectation from Cardinal Tagle,” Bishop Broderick Pabillo, apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila.

“The title only means that Cardinal Chito is now regarded by Pope Francis as one of his closest advisers in the College of Cardinals. It usually goes with the office of the president of the Propaganda Fide,” Kalookan Bishop Pablo David said.

And knowing the personality of the cardinal, David said he does not think that such a title would mean much to Tagle.

“Jesus has always cautioned us about the hazards of receiving honorific titles like these. Pope Francis himself is very much aware of this. These are remnants of tradition that he cannot do much about,” he said.

“A cardinal is basically an adviser of the Pope as Bishop of Rome acting as ‘Supreme Bridge Builder’ meaning, the servant leader whose role is to preserve the unity of the members of the universal Church with Christ and with one another.” added David.

Pope Francis elevated Tagle as cardinal bishop, the highest rank within the College of Cardinals, on Friday, May 1.

The College of Cardinals is structured in three ranks: cardinal deacons, cardinal priests, and cardinal bishops.

Cardinal bishops hold jurisdiction over a church in a suburb of Rome, while working in departments of the Roman Curia, the central administration of the church.

It is also from the ranks of cardinal bishops that the Dean of College of Cardinals is elected. The dean presides at the conclave in the case of “sede vacante”, a period when there is no pope.

It was last February when Cardinal Tagle left the Philippines to assume his post as prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.