“The Cardinal, who had been confined at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center since Sunday (June 19), succumbed to multiple organ failure secondary to sepsis at 6:15 a.m.,” a news release from the Archdiocesan Office of Communications said.
Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines President Archbishop Fernando Capalla expressed the bishops’ sadness over the death of Sin, whom he described as a friend and brother.
“Cardinal Sin was a great man, a great Filipino, a great prince of the Church. We are saddened that he left us. But we rejoice that he has entered into Real Life – one that never ends,” Capalla said in a statement.
Cardinal Sin, the longest serving Filipino archbishop of Manila, will be remembered for his active involvement in political issues. The Catholic Church’s official stance during the Marcos regime was one of critical collaboration, but Cardinal Sin later became one of Marcos’ staunches critic. He was among the leaders of the two EDSA People Power revolts.
Cardinal Sin opposed charter change (cha-cha) during the time of President Fidel Ramos, and also when President Joseph Estrada attempted to do a Concord, Erap’s own version of cha-cha. He also encouraged Gloria Arroyo to run for reelection.