Addressing delegates to the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu City, Philippines, on Jan. 28, 2016, Cardinal Tagle of Manila, who serves as president of Caritas Internationalis, noted that « a culture of achievement » drives people « to work hard for self-advancement and for the good of their families. »
« The reality, however, is that human achievement is often fueled by materialism, the accumulation, the consumption of goods, even when they are not needed, » said Cardinal Tagle.
He described as « a scandal » the reality that poor people live in the midst of trash discarded by others.
« In a culture of achievement for profit, a good life, and success, we lose the sense of having been graced, having been gifted, having been blessed, » said Cardinal Tagle.