Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle is the Archbishop of Manila and president of Caritas International. He is associated with Pope Francis in terms of pastoral sensibility. In this episode of ChatterSquare, he tackles some of the uneasy questions of our time. What does leadership look like in polarised and violent places? How do we hold together diversity within the Catholic Church? How can religious wisdom be brought to bear on public life without crossing the line between church and state?
Cardinal Chito, as he is fondly called, offers a take on contemporary society that seems consoling – but he poses serious challenges. 'Modernity is all about differentiation,' he says, adding that this does not have to mean division. He distinguishes between politics and partisanship. He sheds light on the disconnect between professed and lived faith, particularly as it plays out in complex settings like the Philippines. Finally, he lends insight on what the spirit of communication means in a tech-driven world.
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Fatima Measham is a Eureka Street consulting editor. She co-hosts the ChatterSquare podcast, tweets as @foomeister and blogs on Medium.