The new cardinal from Brunei candidly admits that he stopped practicing the Catholic religion as a university student.
His parents were not keen on his faith formation either, says cardinal-elect Bishop Cornelius Sim of Brunei, who was among 13 new names Pope Francis announced last week to be made cardinals in a consistory this month.
The death of Bishop Sim’s father posed some existential questions, which ultimately persuaded him to join a seminary.
When Pope Francis makes the 69-year bishop a cardinal, he will become the first cardinal from Brunei island. Bishop Sim says his selection shows the pope’s focus on the “periphery of the peripheries” of the Church.