Why does Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle want priests to stop saying, "Good morning"?

Lord, we almost developed stigmata over his "holy" reason.

If they say that the Devil’s in the details, then we don’t know what to make of this.


Manila Bulletin’s Leslie Ann Aquino reports that, in an article posted on the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has asked priests to do away with their habit of greeting their parishioners, "Good morning" during Mass.


Tagle was quoted as saying, "With all due respect, my brother-priests, I do not see the need for saying, ’Good morning’ and similar greetings when God’s real presence in the Holy Eucharist alone suffices. Is not the expression ’The Lord be with you’ more than enough?"


According to Tagle, "any person can wish another good morning, but ’The Lord be with you’ is heard only during mass, which explains why it must be emphasized.


Well, the Lord be with you, then, Father. (And may you find something else to think about.)


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