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3/6/2014 (1 year ago)

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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle cites politicians who are charitable in order to further own agenda

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila took a stand on Catholics who do good works under the cloak of holiness - but secretly do so to further their own agenda. "Engaging in religious activities not in order to return to God but to be full of self ... is not holiness. That is definitely not a way to return to God. That is hypocrisy," he said.

Cardinal Tagle of Manila says it is hypocritical of Catholics to engage in 'religious activities' such as fasting and doing charitable acts in order to benefit oneself.

Cardinal Tagle of Manila says it is hypocritical of Catholics to engage in "religious activities" such as fasting and doing charitable acts in order to benefit oneself.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/6/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Philippines, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Lent, hypocrisy, poverty


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Furthermore Cardinal Tagle says it is hypocritical of Catholics to engage in "religious activities" such as fasting and doing charitable acts in order to benefit oneself.

In his Ash Wednesday homily to mark the beginning of Lent, Tagle cited politicians - who remained nameless, who perform acts of charity with the intention of promoting themselves and soliciting votes.

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The cardinal also criticized those who fast during Lent only to lose weight. "Before Ash Wednesday, 130 pounds. After Lent, 90 pounds. Wow! What a joy! There is no need for whatever beauty tips, only fasting," Tagle said.

The cardinal said that Catholics should make use of the Lenten season to truly return to God by way of almsgiving, fasting, and prayer that are "not just exterior practices."

The cardinal then went on to urge the faithful to support the Church's Fast2Feed program for children, especially those affected by disasters.

Urging Catholics to fast during the Lenten season and to donate the money that they save to feed children, Cardinal Tagle added that "I deny myself of food; I become poor so that a malnourished child could be enriched by my love."
 
The Lenten Season is the period in the liturgical year from Ash Wednesday through Holy Thursday, three days before Easter. Catholics commit acts of self denial, prayer and works of charity during the 44-day period.

Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, president of the Philippines bishops' conference, drew attention to the Philippines poverty rate, which stands at more than 20 percent.

"Clearly, many people see themselves as being excluded from opportunities to live a decent life ... To have such a huge segment of our population living in such abject poverty is an unacceptable scandal," Villegas said in a "pastoral exhortation" released on Sunday.

He urged Filipino Catholics to do works of "mercy and justice" that help the poor.

"We are to exercise moral poverty by strengthening our resolve to practice solidarity with the neglected and to denounce injustice and all forms of radical inequality," Villegas said.

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