MANILA—In his Good Friday homily, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle blasted those who are hiding behind fake identities just to spread lies and hate on social media.
Tagle, one of the most senior Catholic prelates with a strong social media following, said online trolls are emboldened only because they hide behind fake names and fake identities.
"Dahil gumagamit ng ibang pangalan nagtatapang-tapangan. Kung manira, kung bumatikos . . . matapang lang kasi hindi niya inaamin ang tunay niyang pangalan," Tagle said.
"Ang mga sinungaling, marunong ba 'yang magmahal? Si Hesus na nagmahal totoo."
(Because they are not using their own names, they pretend to be daring. They defame others, they criticize . . . they are only unafraid because they do not admit who they are. Do liars know how to love? Jesus who loved was truthful.)
Drawing parallels from the Gospel, Tagle recounted how when Jesus was about to get arrested, the soldiers did not know who he was. Despite this, the cardinal said Christ was brave enough to step forward and introduce Himself.
"Ang daming duwag sa mundong ito at dahil duwag hindi marunong magmahal nang may katotohanan," Tagle said.
(There are a lot of cowards in today's world and because they are cowards they do now know how to love in truth.)
The cardinal said he recently discovered that there are at least four fake Facebook accounts bearing his name.
"May pangalan ka naman siguro. May pangalan ka gamitin mo. Bakit mo hinihiram ang pangalan ko? At ano 'yan, pagnanakaw 'yan ng identity," the prelate said.
(You have a name. Use your name. Why are you using my name? You're stealing my identity.)
The cardinal reminded Catholics, especially the youth since the Church in the Philippines is currently celebrating the Year of the Youth, to remain in truth even if it means owning up to your own faults.
"Mabuhay kayo sa katotohanan. Ang pag-ibig nakabatay sa katotohanan. Lalo na 'yung ikaw, 'yung totong ikaw. Nakakalungkot ang dami-daming ginagawa, hindi lang ng kabataan, para itago ang tunay na pagkatao . . . Ang umiiibig totoo," Tagle said.
(Live in truth. Love is based on truth, especially you, the real you. It is said that a lot of people, not only the youth, do a lot of things just to hide their true selves. Those who love are true.)