MANILA, Philippines - The Senate has passed a resolution honoring Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal for his service to the people of Cebu by being a peacekeeper.
Resolution No. 306, filed by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, was adopted by the Senate last Tuesday in recognition of the contributions made by Vidal, not only to Cebu but to the entire nation.
Vidal has signified his intention to resign as archbishop of Cebu and last Oct. 15, Pope Benedict XVI accepted this and named Archbishop Jose Palma as his successor.
After serving as archbishop of Cebu for almost 30 years, Vidal will leave his post on Jan. 13, 2011.
In the resolution, the Senate lauded Vidal for his intercession in military coups, labor disputes, evictions of squatters and vendors, clashes of political camps and threats of injustices, which led the opposing sides to consider peaceful options and alternatives.
“Under his able leadership, he creatively tapped resources of the Archdiocese to help the poor and the oppressed, thus living out the principle of stewardship not only among priests and bishops but also among parishioners and faithful followers of the church,” the resolution stated.
Vidal was also credited for his efforts to preserve churches, rectories and other edifices of the Archdiocese and for protecting relics and artifacts of the faith, teaching bishops, priests and their flocks of the value of preserving culture and religious traditions.
The Senate commended Vidal for his “reputation of being an exceptional leader whose acts of charity and compassion and pleas for peace and moderation have made him a man of the faith highly respected by those around him.
“He deserves the recognition from the Philippine Senate to encourage leaders of other faiths to shepherd their respective congregations in helping achieve the development goals of their local communities and of the whole nation as well,” the resolution stated.
“Cardinal Vidal has ably represented the role of spiritual leaders in nation-building without compromising the principle of the separation of church and state and without stoking the fires of intolerance and prejudice,” it added.