MANILA, June 23, 2014—Who says the Philippines’ much-beloved cardinal doesn’t have a tough side?
In his homily for the Corpus Christi mass at the Santa Cruz Church Sunday, June 22, Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle criticized fellow priests who, according to him, greet their congregations during mass “good morning” “good afternoon”, or “good evening”, stressing that the gesture, though expressed with the purest of intentions, is superfluous.
“With all due respect, my brother-priests, but I do not see the need for saying ‘good morning’ and similar greetings when God’s real presence in the Holy Eucharist alone suffices,” he told those members of the clergy present in Filipino.
He asked, “Is not the expression ‘The Lord be with you’ more than enough?”
Tagle laments priests who seem to give more emphasis on “good morning” than on the all-important “The Lord be with you”.
Many of them, the cardinal regrets, will instinctively repeat wishing their parishioners “good morning” when a “Good morning, Father” is not fast forthcoming, but are completely oblivious when “The Lord be with you” is unreciprocated.
Tagle begs the clergy to do away with this habit.
According to him, any person can wish another good morning, but “The Lord be with you” is heard only during mass, which explains why it must be emphasized.
The prelate was at the Santa Cruz Church (Our Lady of the Pillar Parish Church) to preside over the mass for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of the Lord (Corpus Christi). (Raymond A. Sebastián)