On Good Friday, Cardinal Tagle laments poll mudslinging

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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle looks on as a man venerates the cross at the liturgy of the Lord's Passion on Good Friday at the Manila Cathedral, March 25, 2016. (R. Lagarde/CBCPNews)

MANILA, March 25, 2016— The head of Manila’s Roman Catholic Church lamented the mudslinging that has accompanied the ongoing campaigning of candidates for the May elections.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said there had been a spike in allegations levelled by candidates at rivals in recent months before the local and national polls.

“There’s been a lot of mudslinging. Regardless of whether it’s true or not, come what may, as long as the rival is overthrown,” Cardinal Tagle told hundreds of churchgoers at the Manila Cathedral on Good Friday.

He said these relentless attacks at political rivals only showed some people’s unbridled “thirst for positions” and reflects the “sad” state of politics.

The cardinal said this “Gospel of success” has misguided many people from various sectors and even in the workplaces where crab mentality is common.

“And once the opponent falls, you’ll declare, ‘It is finished!’” Tagle said.

In today’s word, according to him, the guiding principle is don’t lose that is why “we are full of jealousy and mudslinging.”

Cardinal Tagle said this quest for personal success has led many people to forget Jesus’ infinite mercy and love which embraces all mankind marked by His death on the Cross on Good Friday.

He also urged the faithful not to be like Pontius Pilate who, filled with selfish interests, did not have the conscientious principle to stand up for what he knew to be right.

“Let us not be like Pontius Pilate who chose his ambition over Jesus,” he said. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)

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