Pope Benedict XVI Calls Theologians to Help Witness to the Crazy Trinitarian Face of God
Last December 2, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI called on professors of theology or members of the International Theological Commission to help believers become aware and to bear witness to the Trinitarian face of God. ( see text of speech in Italian at http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/speeches/2011/december/documents/hf_ben-xvi_spe_20111202_comm-teologica_it.html).
About ten days later, or on December, 12, 2011 to be exact, Rev. Luis Antonio “Chito” G. Tagle, D.D., a former member of the Vatican’s Theological Commission headed by the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, will be installed as the 32nd Archbishop of Manila. How will Pope Benedict’s Trinitarian challenge inspire our Filipino theologian and new Archbishop of Manila?
Dean Andy Bautista of the Philippine Star headlined his article about Bishop Tagle as a “crazy prince” after Ambassador Tita de Villa’s reflection on Tagle’s theological and pastoral naming of the Trinity’s crazy love for humanity. (see http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=756849&publicationSubCategoryId=64). How will this crazy prince help the flock become aware and to bear witness to this crazy God, the Holy Trinity?
No worries, after all, there is no more fitting advocate to the craziness of the Trinitarian love than this crazy bishop (photo below edited from original taken from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila website at http://www.rcam.org/). Congratulations your Craziness!
For a video of Bishop Tagle’s reflection on the Holy Trinity, please see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpoxwPZo8Fg.