Pope Francis has appointed a new administrator of the Manila Archdiocese following the departure of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to assume a new post at the Vatican.
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, a vocal critic of the Philippines’ ‘war on drugs’, has been named apostolic administrator of the archdiocese, reported ucanews.com.
The Vatican usually appoints an apostolic administrator to temporarily head a diocese when it becomes vacant.
Bishop Pabillo, 64, was ordained a priest of the Salesian order in 1982 and has served as auxiliary bishop of Manila since May 2006.
Ucanews.com reported the bishop has criticised President Rodrigo Duterte on several occasions. In 2018, Bishop Pabillo called Duterte’s remarks labelling God “stupid” as “blasphemous.” He also accused the president of making “irresponsible statements” when Duterte said he was wishing death on bishops whom he called useless.
Picture: Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila, Philippines, is pictured in a 13th December 2015, photo. Pope Francis appointed Bishop Pabillo as the administrator of the Manila Archdiocese following the departure of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to assume a new post at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Romeo Ranoco, Reuters).