Classifieds | Archives | Jobs | About TGT | Contact | Subscribe
 | 
Last updated 2 hours, 55 minutes ago
Printer Friendly Version | TGT@Twitter | RSS Feed |
HOME LOCAL MIDEAST ASIA WORLD BUSINESS SPORT OPINION WRITERS
Filipino Catholics express shock over pope’s quit move
By Manolo B. Jara February 13, 2013
 Print    Send to Friend

MANILA: Filipino Catholic Church leaders and the faithful on Tuesday expressed shock and regret over the announcement of Pope Benedict XV1 to resign with effect on Feb. 28 mainly due to advanced age and poor health.

Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle of Manila who was elevated by the Pope as “Prince of the Church” only last November, said he was shocked and saddened by the pontiff’s decision.

Tagle, in his 50s and also considered a “papabili” or a potential pope, was to join the plus 110 cardinals who were to meet in Vatican a week after Benedict’s resignation was to take effect to choose his successor.

In a separate statement, Malacanang Palace joined Tagle in expressing shock and regret over the pope’s decision, saying: “Not only the Catholic world but all peoples and nations of goodwill are filled with great regret as news comes of Pope Benedict XV1 announced his intention to relinquish the ‘Petrine Ministry’ on Feb. 28.”

The pope’ announcement came at a time when senior Philippine Catholic Church leaders came under fire from two Jesuit priests and scholars who accused them of being “theological bullies” especially to those who supported the controversial family planning law.

Such bullying, the priests warned, has been driving away the faithful from the Catholic church.

The law mandates the government to purchase contraceptives especially the pill and condom for distribution to poor couples who want to plan to limit the number of their children.
 

Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Comments
 
Post a comment
 
Name:
Country:
City:
Email:
Comment:
 
    
    
Related Stories
Aquino sets up $20m credit line for 20 provinces
MANILA: President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino has established a $20 million credit facility designed to benefit and help improve the lives of about one million farmers and fi..
Mindanao massacre victims’ kin seek UN help
MANILA: Families of 58 victims have asked UN assistance to persuade the government to compensate each of them as they observed on Saturday the fourth anniversary of the m..
Philippines 5th in world for women empowerment
MANILA: The Philippine ranked first in Asia and the Pacific and fifth in the world in women empowerment, according to a just-released report of the Switzerland-based Worl..
‘Fat’ bonuses spark anger among pensioners
MANILA: Millions of Filipino retirees and members are up in arms amid confirmed reports that senior officials of a state pension fund have awarded themselves “fat” bonuse..
Floods force 50,000 to flee homes in Mindanao
MANILA: About 10,000 families or 50,000 people were forced to flee their homes in North Cotabato province in restive Mindanao due to floods caused by heavy and continuous..
 
FRONTPAGE
 
GALLERY
 
PANORAMA
 
TIME OUT
 
SPORT
 
 
Advertise | Copyright