CARDINAL TAGLE WARNS VS. “BOASTFUL, VIOLENT KINGS”

KINGS DEVOID OF HUMILITY LORDING OVER THE COUNTRY

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, the head of the country’s Catholic hierarchy,  slammed “boastful and violent” modern-day “kings”, in a mass at the Manila Cathedral as Christians celebrated Palm Sunday. March 25.

“In our world today, kings, who are full of cockiness and devoid of humility, are lording over,” Tagle said, without naming names, in his homily at the mass which, kicked off the final week of the Lenten season.

“Today, many follow the kings  who use violence, arms and intimidation but are without any understanding and oneness with the weak,” said Tagle.

He urged these leaders to follow  Jesus Christ’s  humility in leadership .

“Our king does not rely on violence, in arms, in swords, in bullets and guns. Our king trusts in God alone,” Tagle stressed.

“The serene dignity and silence of the person, who trusts in God and who is in full solidarity with sinful humanity, that is true authority. That is our true king. That is the king that will save the world,” the Cardinal said.

Jesus Christ, Tagle said,  could have escaped  being crucified on orders of Pontius Pilate but he did not use his power to avoid death.

“In truth, Pilate has no chance against Christ. But our king need not to defend himself. His personality shows he has full trust in God and love for us. That is the true king. That is dignity. That is power,” he added. (with Inquirer report, photo by Edd Gumban)