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Shun competitive parenting, Tagle tells parents

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Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle spends some time with former street kids who are under the care of the Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation. (Photo: CBCP News)

MANILA, August 17, 2015— The head of Manila’s Roman Catholic Church has called on parents to stay away from competitive parenting, and instead instill in their children the virtue of humility.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said competitive child-rearing is among the many common parenting failures of today.

He said many parents care too much about what brands their kids use and want them to be always better than others.

Comparing kids

He said some parents take this to the extreme by comparing the achievements of their child to those of other people’s offspring as well.

“Parents, let’s teach our children true greatness. If we teach them the wrong things, we will be the ones to suffer as well as the country,” Tagle said in Filipino.

“If we ever have competition among ourselves, let it be about who is the humblest and most ready to serve society,” he added.

The cardinal made the statement in his homily during a Mass to welcome the arrival of the historic Sto. Niño de Cebu image at the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila last Friday.

First symbol of Christianity

Tagle then called on the public, especially the youth, to imitate Jesus’ humility and service wherever they find themselves: at school, at work, or on social media.

He also called particular attention to the “finding” of the Sto. Niño image in Cebu 450 years ago which is the “first symbol of Christianity” in the country.

“With our worldly thinking, greatness is measured by riches and accomplishments. For Jesus, that is not true greatness. If you wish to be great, be lowly, humble like a child,” Tagle added in Filipino.

According to the prelate, Filipinos are reminded that being great is not brought by being proud or arrogant, or by insulting your fellowmen but by being humble servants. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)


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