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HAU to confer honorary doctorate on Cardinal Tagle

Holy Angel University has announced that it will confer the degree Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa, on His Eminence, Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, D.D., S.T.D., Archbishop of Manila.

Cardinal Tagle will be the sixth recipient of the University’s honorary doctorate, after Manuel V. Pangilinan, Washington Z. SyCip, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, and Christopher and Victoria Bernido.

The conferment ceremonies will be held during a special academic convocation on August 16 at the University Theatre.

Cardinal Tagle will be honored for his “brilliance, his courage to speak the truth, and his creative and innovative ways of spreading the Word of God, particularly through broadcast and social media.”

HAU Chairman of the Board Manuel V. Pangilinan and President Dr. Arlyn S. Villanueva will confer the doctorate on Cardinal Tagle.

Born on June 21, 1957 in Manila, Cardinal Tagle attended elementary and high school at St. Andrew’s School in Paranaque; took up AB Philosophy at San Jose Seminary, MA Theology at Loyola School of Theology, and Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) and Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) at the Catholic University of America, where he graduated summa cum laude.

He was ordained a priest in 1982 and consecrated as bishop in 2001. The Vatican appointed him Archbishop of Manila on October 13, 2011, succeeding Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales. Pope Benedict XVI made him a cardinal only last October 24, 2012.

Cardinal Tagle is the seventh Filipino to become a cardinal, after Rufino Santos of Pampanga, Julio Rosales of Samar, Jaime Sin of Aklan, Ricardo Vidal of Marinduque, Jose Sanchez of Catanduanes and Gaudencio Rosales of Batangas.

At the last conclave which eventually elected Cardinal Bergoglio as Pope Francis, Cardinal Tagle had been touted as one of the frontrunners due to his charisma and youthful energy.

In 1997, when then Cardinal Ratzinger presented him to Pope John Paul II as the youngest member of the International Theological Commission, the future Pope Benedict reportedly joked, “I assure Your Holiness that he has taken his First Communion!”

Last month, when Cardinal Tagle reminded Pope Francis during an audience that he had come from Manila, the Pope replied, “Oh, I thought you had come from a scuola maternal (kindergarten school)!”

Despite his youthful looks, Cardinal Tagle is admired worldwide as an articulate and engaging speaker. He spoke both at the 2008 International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec and the 2012 International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin.

Last year, he told a synod of bishops in Rome that shielding erring priests from investigation and prosecution is not being charitable towards them. “The best way to care for the offender is to make him face up to the misconduct,” he said.

An outspoken critic of the Reproductive Health Bill, Cardinal Tagle recently delivered a homily where he extolled women’s roles as mothers and wives, calling them “a reflection of God and a gift to mankind.”

At the feast of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo last January 9, he denounced the so-called “cafeteria Catholics” who selectively follow Catholic doctrine, and nominal Catholics “who worship their wealth but ignore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament,” calling them “false witnesses with pretentious devotion.”

Last January 31, Pope Benedict appointed him Member of the Pontifical Council for the Family and Member of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants.

Date Posted: 07-05-2013