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Filipino cardinal sees challenge of bucking secular influences, supporting family life

October 25, 2013

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila told Vatican Radio that secularizing trends are having a powerful effect on society in the Philippines.

The “traditional values that have kept families together” still hold sway in the Philippines, the cardinal said, but “they are beginning to see the effects of secularization and the media.” He said that the Church faces the challenge of strengthening appreciation for the importance of healthy family life. The task is somewhat eased, he said, by the fact that while Filipinos appreciate the material success of modern society, they are “very much aware of the ambivalence of the success and the wounds that this has inflicted on individuals and families.”

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Oct. 26, 2013 6:11 PM ET USA

    "...the cardinal said, but “they are beginning to see the effects of secularization and the media.”..." But not the effects of perennial sin in the Church, your Emminence?