The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Rosales as Archbishop of Manila and has appointed Bishop Luis Antonio “Chito” Tagle as his successor.
I was very happy upon receiving this good news! My great professor is now the new Archbishop of Manila! I first listened to his recollection talk at the Pink Sisters-Tagaytay in 2002. I was so moved that I told my companion, “he can be a good Cardinal!”
My seminarian companion replied: “Have you imagined Bishop as a Pope?” to which I immediately answered: “Yes! Why not?”
When we had our first day of classes with him in Theology of Priesthood, everybody was all ears. My classmates would sure agree that it was indeed a moment of awe. When we heard the ringing of the bell, nobody wanted to stand up. Bishop Tagle looked at us in surprise and asked us, “bakit hindi kayo tumatayo? Ayaw ba ninyong mag-break?” The good bishop received a chorus, “Bishop, gusto pa naming marinig kayong magsalita.”
He said that when he had his Light Talk program, many criticized him because he was interviewing people. They wanted him to do the talking, to which he said, “perhaps the people are not yet ready for a bishop who also knows how to listen.”
Bishop, eheste, Archbishop Chito – more power and more blessings! I am one with you in prayers. Below is the statement of Bishop Tagle:
“His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI appointed me, a humble servant, to succeed His Eminence Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales to the Metropolitan See of Manila. I face this heavy responsibility with much trepidation. Leaving the Diocese of Imus, my beloved home, at the threshold of its Golden Jubilee is not easy. But faith in the gracious Lord and love of the Church give me strength. I know that I would find much good will and zeal for mission in the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila. In our openness to the Holy Spirit, we could render a joyful and robust witness to Jesus Christ, all for the glory of the Father and the good of the Church and of society, especially of the poor. I entrust the Archdiocese of Manila and my ministry to the loving care of our Lady, Mary Immaculate.” +Luis Antonio G. Tagle 13 October 2011