“If there is manipulation, it means somebody is pretending to be powerful … if there is oppression, it means somebody is pretending to be the master,” said the prelate.
“That is not the attitude of a child in the Kingdom of God. It will only result in darkness,” he added.
Cardinal Tagle made the call during his homily at a Mass to mark a feast in honor of the Child Jesus at the Santo Nino de Pandacan parish on Jan. 18.
Across the country, Filipino devotees of the Santo Nino held festivals in honor of the Child Jesus.
In the central Philippine city of Cebu, millions of people filled the streets throughout the 6.5-kilometer route of the solemn procession of the image of the Child Jesus also on Jan. 18.