MANILA, July 10, 2014—Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, whose sermon on Sunday, July 6, at the Saint Maria Goretti Parish Church at Pope Pius XII Center in Paco centered on the value of meekness and humility, expressed disgust over groups that employ violence in their recruitment efforts, calling on them to stop being “arrogant”.
“Don’t be arrogant,” he said, referring to fraternity members, who recently made it back to the headlines when a neophyte (aspirant), De La Salle College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) sophomore student Guillo Cesar Servando, was allegedly “hazed” to death on June 28 by ten members of Tau Gamma Phi in a residential compound in Barangay Palanan, Makati City.
Tagle did not mince words when he called such groups a “fraternity of arrogance.”
“Fraternity? What kind of brotherhood is that? Will you call, consider as brother one who treats you like a punching bag?” the prelate asked his audience in Filipino.
“How dare you call brother him who beats you up?”
These violent associations, which, according to Tagle distort the real essence of fraternal communion, are rooted in pride.
He said, “They [fraternity members] welcome you saying ‘Welcome to our frat, brod’, then they take turns treating you brutally, ‘paddling’ you.”
He added, “Isn’t a welcome supposed to be warm and congenial?”
Singling out the young males in the audience, the cardinal stressed, “You can reach your dreams and become a good person without having to join these so-called fraternities which have nothing to teach you but pride and how to harm others.”
Tagle lamented that pride and intimidation drive many of today’s youth, families, governments, and international relations. (Raymond A. Sebastián)