Cardinal Chito elevated among top-ranking cardinals
Pope Francis elevated our very own Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle to the rank of Cardinal-Bishop, the newest and youngest member in the Order of Bishops. The latter is composed of the cardinals whom the Pope has appointed as titular heads of suburbicarian churches which are ancient churches in the dioceses around the City of Rome and the Eastern Rite Patriarchs. The promotion puts Cardinal Tagle, the first Cardinal in the Philippines and Asia, together with Benjamino Cardinal Stella of Italy, in the highest of the three orders in the College of Cardinals – Order of Bishops, Order of Priests, most of whom are diocesan bishops, and Order of Deacons most of whom are curial officials” (Code of Canon Law No. 3 50). The Cardinals who are titular heads of suburbicarian churches have the right to elect one of their members as the Dean of the College of Cardinals when the post is vacant (Canon Law No. 352). Earlier this year, they elected Giovanni Battista Cardinal Re as Dean and Leonardo Cardinal Sandri as Vice-Dean.
Due to absence of vacancy in suburbicarian sees, Pope Francis issued a “rescript setting aside the requirements of canon law” to name Cardinal Tagle to the rank of Cardinal Bishop. He is the titular head of San Felice da Cantalicea Centocelle and is the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and President of Caritas Internationales.
On June 26, 2018, Pope Francis also issued a similar rescript to add to the College of Cardinals four senior officials from the Roman Curia: the Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin; the Prefect of the Congregation for Oriental Churches Leonardo Sandri; the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, Marc Ouellet; and the then Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples Fernando Filoni, who was appointed Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Pope Francis cited the size of the College of Cardinals and the number of bishops who were over 80 and cannot enter a conclave. Cardinal Stella is the Prefect of the Congregation for Clergy and named titular bishop of Porto Santa Rufina.
Pope Francis also appointed as Vice Camerlengo or Chamberlain Archbishop Ilson de Jesus Montanari of Brazil; he is the Secretary of the Congregation of Bishop and Secretary to the College of Cardinals, and continues in both roles. Pope Francis appointed on February 14, 2019 Cardinal Kevin Farrel, Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life as Camerlengo. While the Pope is alive, the job is titular. When the Pope dies or resigns, the Chamberlain is in charged with “sealing the papal apartments, chairing consultations about the papal funeral, making the practical preparations for the conclave to elect the next pope, and chairing a committee of cardinals taking care of the ordinary affairs of the church until the new pope is elected.” The Deputy Chamberlain assists him.
It is now final, religious and work gatherings are prohibited both under the ECQ and GCQ. IATF on Covid-19 gave the final decision after receiving several complaints against its previous decision allowing such gatherings when GCQ is declared. It may be recalled that the spread of covid in South Korea started from a religious gathering in a local church. Our shepherds will not risk the health and lives of the flock. Online Masses continue.
Like a broken record, we must remind again and again everyone to follow the health protocols imposed by civil and health authorities during this pandemic. We must support our frontliners, especially those working in the hospitals, who chose to put their life on the line, and not be with the members of their family even during special moments like birthday, anniversary, Online Masses and meals. They risk their life to extend a helping hand to their covid patients. We empathize with them, we can relate with them, four frontliners doctors in the family would be happy seeing briefly their family, already satisfied with just waiving at each other, throwing air hugs and air kisses (flying kisses), or have birthday cake delivered for their Dad’s birthday.
There is no definite medicine yet to cure covid-19. There is also no vaccine for immunization. Until then, we just stay at home if there is no urgent matter to go out. The new normal way of life is avoid mass gathering, observe physical distancing, wear mask properly, wash hands with soap and water or use alcohol. Be reminded that hospitals are full to the rafter. They can no longer accommodate another patient – not only due to lack of beds but also because of dwindling number of doctors, nurses, and health workers, they are getting infected. As of May 02, the total number of covid cases is 8,928 , 18.13% or 1,619 of 8,928 are health workers.
Calling the attention of DENR Sec. Roy Cimatu, ECQ is blatantly being violated in Homonhon Island of Guiuian town in Eastern Samar. Chromite ore are being loaded on a ship for export to China. The MW VW Peace, a foreign vessel manned by 13 Chinese and 4 Myanmar nationals, arrived and docked on the island since April 4. The DENR allowed the foreign vessel to load 7,000 metric tons of chromite ore despite the lockdown. Were those foreign crew put on 14-days quarantine? Why is implementation of Heal as One Act not being implemented equally? Senators, high government officials and foreign nationals got scot-free when they unashamedly violated health protocol. Why are ordinary citizens who breached curfew or quarantine arrested, detained, put on inquest and required to pay P3,500.00 bail to get out of detention? To think that the violations committed by higher officials and foreign nationals are worst than what the ordinary citizens did.
Why did the DOH issued clearance for the foreign vessel to dock and load chromite ore when the required 14-day self-quarantine was never complied with by the foreign crew of that vessel. The Chinese continued its chromite ore mining despite the pandemic. The residents are against the loading not because they are pro-mining or anti-ining, they are concerned with the health risk it may bring to the residents due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Happy 1st Birthday to my grandniece, Catrione Gaelle “CC” Rosales Castro, baby girl of my niece Mary Gretchen and Charlie Castro.