CBCP Episcopal Commission on Interreligious Dialogue executive secretary Fr. Carlos Reyes said Tagle made the “apology” at the Manila Archdiocese’s clergy Christmas party.
He said that while they should have been the ones to seek forgiveness from Tagle, they were dismissed after the blessing.
Reyes said even if Tagle did not apologize, he has been very endearing, such that any resentment would melt away.
Prepare for papal visit
The CBCP also said Tagle also thanked the clergy for their work but asked them to prepare spiritually for Pope Francis’ visit on Jan. 15 to 19.
“Humiliation brings fruits of redemption,” Reyes quoted Tagle as saying.
Tagle then led everyone into an examination of conscience in a “very positive way,” Reyes said.
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Bernardo Cortez similarly offered his apologies before leaving the archdiocese to assume his new post as bishop of Infanta, Quezon, on Jan. 23.