Oct 19

Rev. Fr. Roland F. Sayman, STL, Ph.D. and a friend of CFD delivers his Porta Fidei reflections in an Apologetic way

Yesterday, October 18, 2012, I received a text from our Formation-in-charge sister, Sr. Marielle Saga, OSB that CFD will be attending a talk as ordered by our Spiritual Director and Parish Priest of San Pedro Cathedral, Msgr. Nards Vicente, DCD.  on Porta Fidei. I learned from her that the priest was a graduate of Ph.D in Theology Major in Dogmatic Theology from Gregorian University in Rome.

 

As an educator for the faith, it catches my attention and diligently works out for my schedule to come earlier than the usual arrival of 6 o’clock.  I was the first student to sign the attendance sheet (“,). Giving the opportunity, I have an ample time introducing myself as part of the formation team and also a CFD.

 

I learned from him that he is the Mass Media Coordinator in his diocese with 2 Radio Stations simultaneously aired everyday (DXDV 97.5 Spirit FM and DXHM 549 Khz) and 1 cable TV TCTV as program director.  He was a former student of Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) and defended his Doctoral dissertation to him entitled, “The Uniqueness of Christ with other Religious leaders”.  Before becoming a priest, Fr. Roland used to listen at Barrio Cawayan where defenders of the faith held their evangelization and debates in early 80′s.

He begun by saying that the sign of Anti-Christ is revealing to us here in Davao. There are those self proclaimed messiah or son of God which tremendously using the media to control the world.  He is referring to Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy and other religions.  There are also catholics only in name but protestant in thinking.  The unchecked desecration of the Eucharist by some lay ministers used as lucky charm to use the sacred particles to feed for cockfighting seems to be prevalent. On the other hand, he presented to us the great mystery of natural reason to find for God, that man is searching for the reason of his existence and also God is revealing unto us His plans.

Fr. Roland explains to us the very reason why did the Holy Father issue his Motu Proprio Porta Fidei. He summarizes the documents with clarity and boldness according with the mind of the Supreme Pontiff.  He is indeed, a student of Pope Ratzinger. He uses exegesis and typologies to transmit the message of the document.  As far as my memory allows, he cited more than 40 verses during his talk. Truly an ardent lover of dogma and apologetics.  He reminds us the 5 fundamental signs to be meditated upon in this Year of Faith – a) The Cross b) Bible c) CCC d) Candle and e) Rosary.

We took some pictures after the talk and thanked him for the inputs that he gave to us.

Benedicat Deus!

Oct 15

Catholic Faith Defender -Rev. Fr. Jorge S. Angga opens the door of faith in the Archdiocese of Davao

CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH

Note with pastoral recommendations for the Year of Faith

III. At the Diocesan level

2. It would be desirable that each Diocese in the world organize a study day on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, particularly for its priests, consecrated persons and catechists. On this occasion, for example, the Eastern Catholic Eparchies could hold a meeting with their priests to give witness to their specific experience and liturgical tradition in the one faith in Christ. Also, in this way, young particular Churches in mission territories would be able to give renewed witness to that joy of faith which is so often particular to them.

Catholic Faith Defender -Rev. Fr. Jorge S. Angga opens the door of faith in the Archdiocese of Davao.

 

The Archdiocese of Davao together with The Daughters of St. Paul and its Paulines Cooperators launch its Year of the Faith CONFERENCES ON THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH every Saturday starting October 13, 2012 to May 25, 2013 at the San Pedro Cathedral Auditorium. Rev. Fr. Jorge S. Angga (a Magna Cum Laude in his Masters Degree in Dogmatic Theology) talks about the Overview of the CCC and Part 1 – the Profession of Faith.

Te Deum Laudamus!

 

Porta fidei # 11. In order to arrive at a systematic knowledge of the content of the faith, all can find in theCatechism of the Catholic Church a precious and indispensable tool. It is one of the most important fruits of the Second Vatican Council. In the Apostolic Constitution Fidei Depositum, signed, not by accident, on the thirtieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, Blessed John Paul II wrote: “this catechism will make a very important contribution to that work of renewing the whole life of the Church … I declare it to be a valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion and a sure norm for teaching the faith.”[21]

Oct 15

CFD- Davao launches its first apologetic activity after the Solemn Opening of the Year of Faith in the Archdiocese – Q & A on Porta Fidei/ Guidelines and Retrospect of Vatican Council II documents. Speakers (Rev. Fr. Jorge S. Angga & Prof. Ryan R. Mejillano, M.A.Th.)

After the Archdiocesan Opening for the Year of the Faith by our Vicar General and Spiritual Director of CFD-San Pedro Cathedral- Msgr. Leonardo Vicente, CFD launches its first apologetic activity by complying Art. IV section 1 of the Porta Fidei Guidelines. The talk was held at San Pedro Cathedral after the Holy Mass.

Please find hereunder schedule of talks for October 11, 2012 Opening for the Year of the Faith.

6:00 – 7:00pm – Holy Rosary

7:00 – 8:00pm – Overview of the document Porta Fidei – Rev. Fr. Jorge S. Angga, STB

8:00 – 9:00pm – Guidelines on the celebration for the Year of the Faith and Retrospect of Vatican II documents and Promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church – Prof. Ryan R. Mejillano

Pro Deo et Ecclesia.

Respectfully yours,

BRO. RYAN R. MEJILLANO, M.A.Th.

CFD President

Noted by:

SR. MARIELLE SAGA, OSB

Sister-in-charge

IV. At the level of the parish/community/association/movement

1. In preparation for the Year of Faith, all of the faithful are invited to read closely and meditate upon Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Letter, Porta fidei.

2. The Year of Faith “will also be a good opportunity to intensify the celebration of the faith in the liturgy, especially in the Eucharist.”[31] In the Eucharist, mystery of faith and source of the new evangelization, the faith of the Church is proclaimed, celebrated and strengthened. All of the faithful are invited to participate in the Eucharist actively, fruitfully and with awareness, in order to be authentic witnesses of the Lord.

3. Priests should devote greater attention to the study of the documents of Vatican Council II and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, drawing from them resources for the pastoral care of their parishes – catechesis, preaching, Sacramental preparation. They should also offer cycles of homilies on the faith or on certain specific aspects such as, for example, “the encounter with Christ”, “the fundamental contents of the Creed”, and “faith and the Church.”[32]

Oct 15

CFD-San Pedro Cathedral opens the Year of Faith by praying the Rosary in the language of the Church at the Cathedral (5:00am & 11:00am) – LATIN

The Holy Father in his homily at the opening for the Year of Faith reminded the catholic world to seek the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary in this whole celebration by praying and solemnly invoking the maternal intercession of her through the Rosary.  Mindful to this message, the Catholic Faith Defenders- San Pedro Cathedral opens its new day (October 11, 2012) by consecrating the group in the Rosary. The team led the Formation Ministry by praying the rosary in latin using powerpoint presentation.  Followed by a Holy Mass celebrated by CFD Spiritual Director Msgr. Nards, we were greeted after the mass and took some pictures.  He encouraged us to stoutly defend the Truths of the Catholic Faith and never be wary of criticisms.

 

 

October also is the Month of the Holy Rosary. Ave Maria!

Oct 15

Archdiocese of Davao formally opens the Year of Faith with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass celebrated by Msgr. Nards Vicente, DCD- CFD Spiritual Director and Vicar General of the Archdiocese

An hour after the live streaming of the Year of the Faith at Rome with the Holy Father, the Archdiocese of Davao formally opens the Year of the Faith with the concelebrated Holy Sacrifice of the Mass celebrated by Msgr. Leonardo Vicente, DCD- CFD Spiritual Director, Parish Priest of San Pedro Cathedral and Vicar General of the Archdiocese. Our Lord Archbishop Romulo G. Valles, DD attended the Synod of Bishop and concelebrated in the mass with the Holy Father. Te Deum Laudamus!

CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH

Note with pastoral recommendations for the Year of Faith

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IV. At the level of the parish/community/association/movement

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2. The Year of Faith “will also be a good opportunity to intensify the celebration of the faith in the liturgy, especially in the Eucharist.”[31] In the Eucharist, mystery of faith and source of the new evangelization, the faith of the Church is proclaimed, celebrated and strengthened. All of the faithful are invited to participate in the Eucharist actively, fruitfully and with awareness, in order to be authentic witnesses of the Lord.

Oct 01

APOSTOLIC LETTER PORTA FIDEI FOR THE INDICTION OF THE YEAR OF FAITH

APOSTOLIC LETTER
“MOTU PROPRIO DATA

PORTA FIDEI

OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF
BENEDICT XVI

FOR THE INDICTION OF THE YEAR OF FAITH

1. The “door of faith” (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church. It is possible to cross that threshold when the word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming grace. To enter through that door is to set out on a journey that lasts a lifetime. It begins with baptism (cf. Rom 6:4), through which we can address God as Father, and it ends with the passage through death to eternal life, fruit of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, whose will it was, by the gift of the Holy Spirit, to draw those who believe in him into his own glory (cf. Jn 17:22). To profess faith in the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is to believe in one God who is Love (cf. 1 Jn 4:8): the Father, who in the fullness of time sent his Son for our salvation; Jesus Christ, who in the mystery of his death and resurrection redeemed the world; the Holy Spirit, who leads the Church across the centuries as we await the Lord’s glorious return.

2. Ever since the start of my ministry as Successor of Peter, I have spoken of the need to rediscover the journey of faith so as to shed ever clearer light on the joy and renewed enthusiasm of the encounter with Christ. During the homily at the Mass marking the inauguration of my pontificate I said: “The Church as a whole and all her Pastors, like Christ, must set out to lead people out of the desert, towards the place of life, towards friendship with the Son of God, towards the One who gives us life, and life in abundance.”[1] It often happens that Christians are more concerned for the social, cultural and political consequences of their commitment, continuing to think of the faith as a self-evident presupposition for life in society. In reality, not only can this presupposition no longer be taken for granted, but it is often openly denied.[2] Whereas in the past it was possible to recognize a unitary cultural matrix, broadly accepted in its appeal to the content of the faith and the values inspired by it, today this no longer seems to be the case in large swathes of society, because of a profound crisis of faith that has affected many people.

3. We cannot accept that salt should become tasteless or the light be kept hidden (cf. Mt 5:13-16). The people of today can still experience the need to go to the well, like the Samaritan woman, in order to hear Jesus, who invites us to believe in him and to draw upon the source of living water welling up within him (cf. Jn 4:14). We must rediscover a taste for feeding ourselves on the word of God, faithfully handed down by the Church, and on the bread of life, offered as sustenance for his disciples (cf. Jn 6:51). Indeed, the teaching of Jesus still resounds in our day with the same power: “Do not labour for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life” (Jn 6:27). The question posed by his listeners is the same that we ask today: “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” (Jn6:28). We know Jesus’ reply: “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent” (Jn 6:29). Belief in Jesus Christ, then, is the way to arrive definitively at salvation.

4. In the light of all this, I have decided to announce a Year of Faith. It will begin on 11 October 2012, the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, and it will end on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, on 24 November 2013. The starting date of 11 October 2012 also marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a text promulgated by my Predecessor, Blessed John Paul II,[3] with a view to illustrating for all the faithful the power and beauty of the faith. This document, an authentic fruit of the Second Vatican Council, was requested by the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in 1985 as an instrument at the service of catechesis[4] and it was produced in collaboration with all the bishops of the Catholic Church. Moreover, the theme of the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops that I have convoked for October 2012 is “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith”. This will be a good opportunity to usher the whole Church into a time of particular reflection and rediscovery of the faith. It is not the first time that the Church has been called to celebrate a Year of Faith. My venerable Predecessor the Servant of God Paul VI announced one in 1967, to commemorate the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul on the 19th centenary of their supreme act of witness. He thought of it as a solemn moment for the whole Church to make “an authentic and sincere profession of the same faith”; moreover, he wanted this to be confirmed in a way that was “individual and collective, free and conscious, inward and outward, humble and frank”.[5] He thought that in this way the whole Church could reappropriate “exact knowledge of the faith, so as to reinvigorate it, purify it, confirm it, and confess it”.[6] The great upheavals of that year made even more evident the need for a celebration of this kind. It concluded with the Credo of the People of God,[7] intended to show how much the essential content that for centuries has formed the heritage of all believers needs to be confirmed, understood and explored ever anew, so as to bear consistent witness in historical circumstances very different from those of the past.

5. In some respects, my venerable predecessor saw this Year as a “consequence and a necessity of the postconciliar period”,[8] fully conscious of the grave difficulties of the time, especially with regard to the profession of the true faith and its correct interpretation. It seemed to me that timing the launch of the Year of Faith to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council would provide a good opportunity to help people understand that the texts bequeathed by the Council Fathers, in the words of Blessed John Paul II, “have lost nothing of their value or brilliance. They need to be read correctly, to be widely known and taken to heart as important and normative texts of the Magisterium, within the Church’s Tradition … I feel more than ever in duty bound to point to the Council as the great grace bestowed on the Church in the twentieth century: there we find a sure compass by which to take our bearings in the century now beginning.”[9] I would also like to emphasize strongly what I had occasion to say concerning the Council a few months after my election as Successor of Peter: “if we interpret and implement it guided by a right hermeneutic, it can be and can become increasingly powerful for the ever necessary renewal of the Church.”[10]

6. The renewal of the Church is also achieved through the witness offered by the lives of believers: by their very existence in the world, Christians are called to radiate the word of truth that the Lord Jesus has left us. The Council itself, in the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium, said this: While “Christ, ‘holy, innocent and undefiled’ (Heb 7:26) knew nothing of sin (cf. 2 Cor 5:21), but came only to expiate the sins of the people (cf. Heb 2:17)… the Church … clasping sinners to its bosom, at once holy and always in need of purification, follows constantly the path of penance and renewal. The Church, ‘like a stranger in a foreign land, presses forward amid the persecutions of the world and the consolations of God’, announcing the cross and death of the Lord until he comes (cf. 1 Cor 11:26). But by the power of the risen Lord it is given strength to overcome, in patience and in love, its sorrow and its difficulties, both those that are from within and those that are from without, so that it may reveal in the world, faithfully, although with shadows, the mystery of its Lord until, in the end, it shall be manifested in full light.”[11]

The Year of Faith, from this perspective, is a summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the one Saviour of the world. In the mystery of his death and resurrection, God has revealed in its fullness the Love that saves and calls us to conversion of life through the forgiveness of sins (cf. Acts 5:31). For Saint Paul, this Love ushers us into a new life: “We were buried … with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Rom 6:4). Through faith, this new life shapes the whole of human existence according to the radical new reality of the resurrection. To the extent that he freely cooperates, man’s thoughts and affections, mentality and conduct are slowly purified and transformed, on a journey that is never completely finished in this life. “Faith working through love” (Gal 5:6) becomes a new criterion of understanding and action that changes the whole of man’s life (cf. Rom 12:2; Col 3:9-10; Eph 4:20-29; 2 Cor 5:17).

7. “Caritas Christi urget nos” (2 Cor 5:14): it is the love of Christ that fills our hearts and impels us to evangelize. Today as in the past, he sends us through the highways of the world to proclaim his Gospel to all the peoples of the earth (cf.Mt 28:19). Through his love, Jesus Christ attracts to himself the people of every generation: in every age he convokes the Church, entrusting her with the proclamation of the Gospel by a mandate that is ever new. Today too, there is a need for stronger ecclesial commitment to new evangelization in order to rediscover the joy of believing and the enthusiasm for communicating the faith. In rediscovering his love day by day, the missionary commitment of believers attains force and vigour that can never fade away. Faith grows when it is lived as an experience of love received and when it is communicated as an experience of grace and joy. It makes us fruitful, because it expands our hearts in hope and enables us to bear life-giving witness: indeed, it opens the hearts and minds of those who listen to respond to the Lord’s invitation to adhere to his word and become his disciples. Believers, so Saint Augustine tells us, “strengthen themselves by believing”.[12] The saintly Bishop of Hippo had good reason to express himself in this way. As we know, his life was a continual search for the beauty of the faith until such time as his heart would find rest in God.[13] His extensive writings, in which he explains the importance of believing and the truth of the faith, continue even now to form a heritage of incomparable riches, and they still help many people in search of God to find the right path towards the “door of faith”.

Only through believing, then, does faith grow and become stronger; there is no other possibility for possessing certitude with regard to one’s life apart from self-abandonment, in a continuous crescendo, into the hands of a love that seems to grow constantly because it has its origin in God.

8. On this happy occasion, I wish to invite my brother bishops from all over the world to join the Successor of Peter, during this time of spiritual grace that the Lord offers us, in recalling the precious gift of faith. We want to celebrate this Year in a worthy and fruitful manner. Reflection on the faith will have to be intensified, so as to help all believers in Christ to acquire a more conscious and vigorous adherence to the Gospel, especially at a time of profound change such as humanity is currently experiencing. We will have the opportunity to profess our faith in the Risen Lord in our cathedrals and in the churches of the whole world; in our homes and among our families, so that everyone may feel a strong need to know better and to transmit to future generations the faith of all times. Religious communities as well as parish communities, and all ecclesial bodies old and new, are to find a way, during this Year, to make a public profession of the Credo.

9. We want this Year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope. It will also be a good opportunity to intensify the celebration of the faith in the liturgy, especially in the Eucharist, which is “the summit towards which the activity of the Church is directed; … and also the source from which all its power flows.”[14] At the same time, we make it our prayer that believers’ witness of life may grow in credibility. To rediscover the content of the faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and prayed,[15] and to reflect on the act of faith, is a task that every believer must make his own, especially in the course of this Year.

Not without reason, Christians in the early centuries were required to learn the creed from memory. It served them as a daily prayer not to forget the commitment they had undertaken in baptism. With words rich in meaning, Saint Augustine speaks of this in a homily on the redditio symboli, the handing over of the creed: “the symbol of the holy mystery that you have all received together and that today you have recited one by one, are the words on which the faith of Mother Church is firmly built above the stable foundation that is Christ the Lord. You have received it and recited it, but in your minds and hearts you must keep it ever present, you must repeat it in your beds, recall it in the public squares and not forget it during meals: even when your body is asleep, you must watch over it with your hearts.”[16]

10. At this point I would like to sketch a path intended to help us understand more profoundly not only the content of the faith, but also the act by which we choose to entrust ourselves fully to God, in complete freedom. In fact, there exists a profound unity between the act by which we believe and the content to which we give our assent. Saint Paul helps us to enter into this reality when he writes: “Man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved” (Rom 10:10). The heart indicates that the first act by which one comes to faith is God’s gift and the action of grace which acts and transforms the person deep within.

The example of Lydia is particularly eloquent in this regard. Saint Luke recounts that, while he was at Philippi, Paul went on the Sabbath to proclaim the Gospel to some women; among them was Lydia and “the Lord opened her heart to give heed to what was said by Paul” (Acts 16:14). There is an important meaning contained within this expression. Saint Luke teaches that knowing the content to be believed is not sufficient unless the heart, the authentic sacred space within the person, is opened by grace that allows the eyes to see below the surface and to understand that what has been proclaimed is the word of God.

Confessing with the lips indicates in turn that faith implies public testimony and commitment. A Christian may never think of belief as a private act. Faith is choosing to stand with the Lord so as to live with him. This “standing with him” points towards an understanding of the reasons for believing. Faith, precisely because it is a free act, also demands social responsibility for what one believes. The Church on the day of Pentecost demonstrates with utter clarity this public dimension of believing and proclaiming one’s faith fearlessly to every person. It is the gift of the Holy Spirit that makes us fit for mission and strengthens our witness, making it frank and courageous.

Profession of faith is an act both personal and communitarian. It is the Church that is the primary subject of faith. In the faith of the Christian community, each individual receives baptism, an effective sign of entry into the people of believers in order to obtain salvation. As we read in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “ ‘I believe’ is the faith of the Church professed personally by each believer, principally during baptism. ‘We believe’ is the faith of the Church confessed by the bishops assembled in council or more generally by the liturgical assembly of believers. ‘I believe’ is also the Church, our mother, responding to God by faith as she teaches us to say both ‘I believe’ and ‘we believe’.”[17]

Evidently, knowledge of the content of faith is essential for giving one’s own assent, that is to say for adhering fully with intellect and will to what the Church proposes. Knowledge of faith opens a door into the fullness of the saving mystery revealed by God. The giving of assent implies that, when we believe, we freely accept the whole mystery of faith, because the guarantor of its truth is God who reveals himself and allows us to know his mystery of love.[18]

On the other hand, we must not forget that in our cultural context, very many people, while not claiming to have the gift of faith, are nevertheless sincerely searching for the ultimate meaning and definitive truth of their lives and of the world. This search is an authentic “preamble” to the faith, because it guides people onto the path that leads to the mystery of God. Human reason, in fact, bears within itself a demand for “what is perennially valid and lasting”.[19] This demand constitutes a permanent summons, indelibly written into the human heart, to set out to find the One whom we would not be seeking had he not already set out to meet us.[20] To this encounter, faith invites us and it opens us in fullness.

11. In order to arrive at a systematic knowledge of the content of the faith, all can find in the Catechism of the Catholic Church a precious and indispensable tool. It is one of the most important fruits of the Second Vatican Council. In the Apostolic Constitution Fidei Depositum, signed, not by accident, on the thirtieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, Blessed John Paul II wrote: “this catechism will make a very important contribution to that work of renewing the whole life of the Church … I declare it to be a valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion and a sure norm for teaching the faith.”[21]

It is in this sense that that the Year of Faith will have to see a concerted effort to rediscover and study the fundamental content of the faith that receives its systematic and organic synthesis in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Here, in fact, we see the wealth of teaching that the Church has received, safeguarded and proposed in her two thousand years of history. From Sacred Scripture to the Fathers of the Church, from theological masters to the saints across the centuries, the Catechism provides a permanent record of the many ways in which the Church has meditated on the faith and made progress in doctrine so as to offer certitude to believers in their lives of faith.

In its very structure, the Catechism of the Catholic Church follows the development of the faith right up to the great themes of daily life. On page after page, we find that what is presented here is no theory, but an encounter with a Person who lives within the Church. The profession of faith is followed by an account of sacramental life, in which Christ is present, operative and continues to build his Church. Without the liturgy and the sacraments, the profession of faith would lack efficacy, because it would lack the grace which supports Christian witness. By the same criterion, the teaching of the Catechism on the moral life acquires its full meaning if placed in relationship with faith, liturgy and prayer.

12. In this Year, then, the Catechism of the Catholic Church will serve as a tool providing real support for the faith, especially for those concerned with the formation of Christians, so crucial in our cultural context. To this end, I have invited the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, by agreement with the competent Dicasteries of the Holy See, to draw up a Note, providing the Church and individual believers with some guidelines on how to live this Year of Faith in the most effective and appropriate ways, at the service of belief and evangelization.

To a greater extent than in the past, faith is now being subjected to a series of questions arising from a changed mentality which, especially today, limits the field of rational certainties to that of scientific and technological discoveries. Nevertheless, the Church has never been afraid of demonstrating that there cannot be any conflict between faith and genuine science, because both, albeit via different routes, tend towards the truth.[22]

13. One thing that will be of decisive importance in this Year is retracing the history of our faith, marked as it is by the unfathomable mystery of the interweaving of holiness and sin. While the former highlights the great contribution that men and women have made to the growth and development of the community through the witness of their lives, the latter must provoke in each person a sincere and continuing work of conversion in order to experience the mercy of the Father which is held out to everyone.

During this time we will need to keep our gaze fixed upon Jesus Christ, the “pioneer and perfecter of our faith” (Heb12:2): in him, all the anguish and all the longing of the human heart finds fulfilment. The joy of love, the answer to the drama of suffering and pain, the power of forgiveness in the face of an offence received and the victory of life over the emptiness of death: all this finds fulfilment in the mystery of his Incarnation, in his becoming man, in his sharing our human weakness so as to transform it by the power of his resurrection. In him who died and rose again for our salvation, the examples of faith that have marked these two thousand years of our salvation history are brought into the fullness of light.

By faith, Mary accepted the Angel’s word and believed the message that she was to become the Mother of God in the obedience of her devotion (cf. Lk 1:38). Visiting Elizabeth, she raised her hymn of praise to the Most High for the marvels he worked in those who trust him (cf. Lk 1:46-55). With joy and trepidation she gave birth to her only son, keeping her virginity intact (cf. Lk 2:6-7). Trusting in Joseph, her husband, she took Jesus to Egypt to save him from Herod’s persecution (cf. Mt 2:13-15). With the same faith, she followed the Lord in his preaching and remained with him all the way to Golgotha (cf. Jn 19:25-27). By faith, Mary tasted the fruits of Jesus’ resurrection, and treasuring every memory in her heart (cf. Lk 2:19, 51), she passed them on to the Twelve assembled with her in the Upper Room to receive the Holy Spirit (cf. Acts 1:14; 2:1-4).

By faith, the Apostles left everything to follow their Master (cf. Mk 10:28). They believed the words with which he proclaimed the Kingdom of God present and fulfilled in his person (cf. Lk 11:20). They lived in communion of life with Jesus who instructed them with his teaching, leaving them a new rule of life, by which they would be recognized as his disciples after his death (cf. Jn 13:34-35). By faith, they went out to the whole world, following the command to bring the Gospel to all creation (cf. Mk 16:15) and they fearlessly proclaimed to all the joy of the resurrection, of which they were faithful witnesses.

By faith, the disciples formed the first community, gathered around the teaching of the Apostles, in prayer, in celebration of the Eucharist, holding their possessions in common so as to meet the needs of the brethren (cf. Acts2:42-47).

By faith, the martyrs gave their lives, bearing witness to the truth of the Gospel that had transformed them and made them capable of attaining to the greatest gift of love: the forgiveness of their persecutors.

By faith, men and women have consecrated their lives to Christ, leaving all things behind so as to live obedience, poverty and chastity with Gospel simplicity, concrete signs of waiting for the Lord who comes without delay. By faith, countless Christians have promoted action for justice so as to put into practice the word of the Lord, who came to proclaim deliverance from oppression and a year of favour for all (cf. Lk 4:18-19).

By faith, across the centuries, men and women of all ages, whose names are written in the Book of Life (cf. Rev 7:9, 13:8), have confessed the beauty of following the Lord Jesus wherever they were called to bear witness to the fact that they were Christian: in the family, in the workplace, in public life, in the exercise of the charisms and ministries to which they were called.

By faith, we too live: by the living recognition of the Lord Jesus, present in our lives and in our history.

14. The Year of Faith will also be a good opportunity to intensify the witness of charity. As Saint Paul reminds us: “So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor 13:13). With even stronger words – which have always placed Christians under obligation – Saint James said: “What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled’, without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But some one will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith” (Jas 2:14-18).

Faith without charity bears no fruit, while charity without faith would be a sentiment constantly at the mercy of doubt. Faith and charity each require the other, in such a way that each allows the other to set out along its respective path. Indeed, many Christians dedicate their lives with love to those who are lonely, marginalized or excluded, as to those who are the first with a claim on our attention and the most important for us to support, because it is in them that the reflection of Christ’s own face is seen. Through faith, we can recognize the face of the risen Lord in those who ask for our love. “As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40). These words are a warning that must not be forgotten and a perennial invitation to return the love by which he takes care of us. It is faith that enables us to recognize Christ and it is his love that impels us to assist him whenever he becomes our neighbour along the journey of life. Supported by faith, let us look with hope at our commitment in the world, as we await “new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Pet 3:13; cf. Rev 21:1).

15. Having reached the end of his life, Saint Paul asks his disciple Timothy to “aim at faith” (2 Tim 2:22) with the same constancy as when he was a boy (cf. 2 Tim 3:15). We hear this invitation directed to each of us, that none of us grow lazy in the faith. It is the lifelong companion that makes it possible to perceive, ever anew, the marvels that God works for us. Intent on gathering the signs of the times in the present of history, faith commits every one of us to become a living sign of the presence of the Risen Lord in the world. What the world is in particular need of today is the credible witness of people enlightened in mind and heart by the word of the Lord, and capable of opening the hearts and minds of many to the desire for God and for true life, life without end.

“That the word of the Lord may speed on and triumph” (2 Th 3:1): may this Year of Faith make our relationship with Christ the Lord increasingly firm, since only in him is there the certitude for looking to the future and the guarantee of an authentic and lasting love. The words of Saint Peter shed one final ray of light on faith: “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Without having seen him you love him; though you do not now see him you believe in him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy. As the outcome of your faith you obtain the salvation of your souls” (1 Pet 1:6-9). The life of Christians knows the experience of joy as well as the experience of suffering. How many of the saints have lived in solitude! How many believers, even in our own day, are tested by God’s silence when they would rather hear his consoling voice! The trials of life, while helping us to understand the mystery of the Cross and to participate in the sufferings of Christ (cf. Col 1:24), are a prelude to the joy and hope to which faith leads: “when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor 12:10). We believe with firm certitude that the Lord Jesus has conquered evil and death. With this sure confidence we entrust ourselves to him: he, present in our midst, overcomes the power of the evil one (cf. Lk 11:20); and the Church, the visible community of his mercy, abides in him as a sign of definitive reconciliation with the Father.

Let us entrust this time of grace to the Mother of God, proclaimed “blessed because she believed” (Lk 1:45).

 

Given in Rome, at Saint Peter’s, on 11 October in the year 2011, the seventh of my Pontificate.

BENEDICTUS PP. XVI

 

 

 

[1] Homily for the beginning of the Petrine Ministry of the Bishop of Rome (24 April 2005): AAS 97 (2005), 710.

 

 

[2] Cf. Benedict XVI, Homily at Holy Mass in Lisbon’s “Terreiro do Paço” (11 May 2010): Insegnamenti VI:1 (2010), 673.

 

 

[3] Cf. John Paul II, Apostolic Constitution Fidei Depositum (11 October 1992): AAS 86 (1994), 113-118.

 

 

[4] Cf. Final Report of the Second Extraordinary Synod of Bishops (7 December 1985), II, B, a, 4 in Enchiridion Vaticanum, ix, n. 1797.

 

 

[5] Paul VI, Apostolic Exhortation Petrum et Paulum Apostolos on the XIX centenary of the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul (22 February 1967): AAS 59 (1967), 196.

 

 

[6] Ibid., 198.

 

 

[7] Paul VI, Credo of the People of God, cf. Homily at Mass on the XIX centenary of the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul at the conclusion of the “Year of Faith” (30 June 1968): AAS 60 (1968), 433-445.

 

 

[8] Paul VI, General Audience (14 June 1967): Insegnamenti V (1967), 801.

 

 

[9] John Paul II, Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio Ineunte (6 January 2001), 57: AAS 93 (2001), 308.

 

 

[10] Address to the Roman Curia (22 December 2005): AAS 98 (2006), 52.

 

 

[11] Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium, 8.

 

 

[12] De Utilitate Credendi, I:2.

 

 

[13] Cf. Saint Augustine, Confessions, I:1.

 

 

[14] Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium, 10.

 

 

[15] Cf. John Paul IIApostolic Constitution Fidei Depositum (11 October 1992): AAS 86 (1994), 116.

 

 

[16] Sermo 215:1.

 

 

[17] Catechism of the Catholic Church, 167.

 

 

[18] Cf. First Vatican Ecumenical Council, Dogmatic Constitution on the Catholic Faith Dei Filius, chap. III: DS 3008-3009: Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation Dei Verbum, 5.

 

 

[19] Benedict XVI, Address at the Collège des Bernardins, Paris (12 September 2008): AAS 100 (2008), 722.

 

 

[20] Cf. Saint Augustine, Confessions, XIII:1.

 

 

[21] John Paul II, Apostolic Constitution Fidei Depositum (11 October 1992): AAS 86 (1994), 115 and 117.

 

[22] Cf. John Paul II, Encyclical Letter Fides et Ratio (14 September 1998), 34, 106: AAS 91 (1999), 31-32, 86-87.

Oct 01

CFD DAVAO PREPARES TO IMPLEMENT THE PASTORAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE YEAR OF FAITH

Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith

 

INTRODUCTION

 

With the Apostolic Letter of 11 October 2011, Porta fidei, Pope Benedict XVI declared a Year of Faith. This year will begin on 11 October 2012, on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council, and will conclude on 24 November 2013, the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King.

This year will be a propitious occasion for the faithful to understand more profoundly that the foundation of Christian faith is “the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.”[1] Founded on the encounter with the Risen Christ, faith can be rediscovered in its wholeness and all its splendor. “In our days too faith is a gift to rediscover, to cultivate and to bear witness to” because the Lord “grants each one of us to live the beauty and joy of being Christians.”[2]

The beginning of the Year of Faith coincides with the anniversaries of two great events which have marked the life of the Church in our days: the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, called by Blessed PopeJohn XXIII (11 October 1962), and the twentieth of the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, given to the Church by Blessed Pope John Paul II (11 October 1992).

The Council, according to Pope John XXIII, wanted “to transmit doctrine, pure and whole, without attenuations or misrepresentations,” in such a way that “this sure and immutable teaching, which must be respected faithfully, is elaborated and presented in a way which corresponds to the needs of our time.”[3] In this regard, the opening words of the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen gentium remain of primary importance: “Christ is the Light of nations. Because this is so, this Sacred Synod gathered together in the Holy Spirit eagerly desires, by proclaiming the Gospel to every creature, (cfr. Mk 16:15) to bring the light of Christ to all men, a light brightly visible on the countenance of the Church.”[4] Beginning with the light of Christ, which purifies, illuminates and sanctifies in the celebration of the sacred liturgy (cfr. Constitution, Sacrosanctum Concilium) and with His divine word (cfr. Dogmatic Constitution, Dei Verbum), the Counil wanted to elaborate on the intimate nature of the Church (cfr. Dogmatic Constitution, Lumen gentium) and its relationship with the contemporary world (cfr. Pastoral Constitution, Gaudium et spes). Around these four Constitutions, the true pillars of the Council, are arranged the Declarations and Decrees which address some of the major challenges of the day.

After the Council the Church – under the sure guidance of the Magisterium and in continuity with the whole Tradition – set about ensuring the reception and application of the teaching of the Council in all its richness. To assist in the correct reception of the Council, the Popes have frequently convoked the Synod of Bishops,[5] first instituted by the Servant of God, Paul VI, in 1965, providing the Church with clear guidance through the various post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortations. The next General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to be held in October 2012, will have as its theme:The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.

From the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI has worked decisively for a correct understanding of the Council, rejecting as erroneous the so-called “hermeneutic of discontinuity and rupture” and promoting what he himself has termed “the ‘hermeneutic of reform’, of renewal in the continuity of the one subject-Church which the Lord has given to us. She is a subject which increases in time and develops, yet always remaining the same, the one subject of the journeying People of God.”[6]

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in this same vein, is both an “authentic fruit of Vatican Council II”[7] and a tool for aiding in its reception. The Extraordinary Synod of Bishops of 1985, convoked on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council and to measure its reception, suggested the preparation of a Catechism in order to offer the People of God a compendium of all Catholic doctrine and a sure point of reference for local catechisms. Pope John Paul II accepted this proposal as a desire which “fully responds to a real need of the universal Church and of the particular Churches.”[8] Compiled in collaboration with the entire Episcopate of the Catholic Church, this Catechism “truly expresses what could be called the symphony of the faith.”[9]

The Catechism includes “the new and the old (cfr. Mt 13:52), because the faith is always the same yet the source of ever new light. To respond to this twofold demand, the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the one hand repeats the old, traditional order already followed by the Catechism of St Pius V, arranging the material in four parts: the Creed,the Sacred Liturgy, with pride of place given to the sacraments, the Christian way of life, explained beginning with the Ten Commandments, and finally, Christian prayer. At the same time, however, the contents are often expressed in a new way in order to respond to the questions of our age.”[10] This Catechism is “a valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion and a sure norm for teaching the faith.”[11] The content of faith finds “ its systematic and organic synthesis in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Here, in fact, we see the wealth of teaching that the Church has received, safeguarded and proposed in her two thousand years of history. From Sacred Scripture to the Fathers of the Church, from theological masters to the saints across the centuries, the Catechism provides a permanent record of the many ways in which the Church has meditated on the faith and made progress in doctrine so as to offer certitude to believers in their lives of faith.”[12]

The Year of Faith is intended to contribute to a renewed conversion to the Lord Jesus and to the rediscovery of faith, so that the members of the Church will be credible and joy-filled witnesses to the Risen Lord in the world of today – capable of leading those many people who are seeking it to the “door of faith.” This “door” opens wide man’s gaze to Jesus Christ, present among us “always, until the end of the age” (Mt 28:20). He shows us how “the art of living” is learned “in an intense relationship with him.”[13] “Through his love, Jesus Christ attracts to himself the people of every generation: in every age he convokes the Church, entrusting her with the proclamation of the Gospel by a mandate that is ever new. Today too, there is a need for stronger ecclesial commitment to new evangelization in order to rediscover the joy of believing and the enthusiasm for communicating the faith.”[14]

At the invitation of Pope Benedict XVI,[15] the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in consultation with the competent Dicasteries of the Holy See and with the contribution of the Committee for the Preparation of the Year of Faith,[16] has drawn up this Note, with some recommendations for living this time of grace, without precluding other initiatives which the Holy Spirit will inspire among Pastors and faithful in various parts of the world.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

 

“I know him in whom I have believed” (2 Tm 1:12). These words of St Paul help us to understand that faith is “first of all a personal adherence of man to God. At the same time, and inseparably, it is a free assent to the whole truth that God has revealed.”[17] Faith which is a personal trust in the Lord and the faith which we profess in the Creed are inseparable; they focus on each other and they require each other. There exists a profound bond between the lived faith and its contents. The faith of the Witnesses and Confessors is also the faith of the Apostles and Doctors of the Church.

Thus, the following recommendations for the Year of Faith desire to aid both the encounter with Christ through authentic witnesses to faith, and the ever-greater understanding of its contents. These proposals are intended as examples to encourage a ready response to the invitation of the Holy Father to live fully this Year as a special “time of grace.”[18] The joyous rediscovery of faith can also contribute to consolidate the unity and communion among the different bodies that make up the wider family of the Church.

 

I. ON THE LEVEL OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH

 

1. The main ecclesial event at the beginning of the Year of Faith will be the XIII General Assembly of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops, convoked by Pope Benedict XVI in October 2012, dedicated to The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith. During this Synod, on 11 October 2012, there will be a solemn celebration of the beginning of the Year of Faith, in remembrance of the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

2. In the Year of Faith pilgrimages of the faithful to the See of Peter are to be encouraged, to profess faith in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in unity with him who today is called to confirm his brothers and sisters in the faith (cfr. Lk 22:32). It is also important to promote pilgrimages to the Holy Land, the place which first saw the presence of Jesus, the Savior, and Mary, his Mother.

3. During this Year, it will be helpful to invite the faithful to turn with particular devotion to Mary, model of the Church, who “shines forth to the whole community of the elect as the model of virtues.”[19] Therefore, every initiative that helps the faithful to recognize the special role of Mary in the mystery of salvation, love her and follow her as a model of faith and virtue is to be encouraged. To this end it would be proper to organize pilgrimages, celebrations and gatherings at the major Marian shrines.

4. The next World Youth Day, in Rio de Janeiro in July 2013, will offer a special occasion for the young to experience the joy which comes from faith in the Lord Jesus and communion with the Holy Father, in the greater family of the Church.

5. It is hoped that many symposia, conferences and large gatherings will be held, even at the international level, to encourage encounters with authentic witness to the faith and to promote understanding of the contents of Catholic doctrine. Noting how, still today, the Word of God continues to grow and spread, it will be important to give witness that “all the anguish and all the longing of the human heart finds fulfilment”[20] in Christ Jesus and that faith “becomes a new criterion of understanding and action that changes the whole of man’s life.”[21] Some conferences should be particularly dedicated to the rediscovery of the teachings of Vatican Council II.

6. The Year of Faith will offer a special opportunity for all believers to deepen their knowledge of the primary documents of the Second Vatican Council and their study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This is especially true for candidates for priesthood, particularly during the propeduetic year or in their first years of theological studies, for novices in Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, as well as for those in a period of discernment for joining an Ecclesial Association or Movement.

7. This Year will provide an auspicious time for a more attentive reception of the homilies, catechesis, addresses and other speeches and documents of the Holy Father. Pastors, consecrated persons and the lay faithful are invited to renew their efforts in effective and heart-felt adherence to the teaching of the Successor of Peter.

8. During the Year of Faith, in cooperation with the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, various ecumenical initiatives are to be planned, aimed at “the restoration of unity among all Christians” which “is one of the principal concerns of the Second Vatican Council.”[22] In particular, there will be a solemn ecumenical celebration in which all of the baptized will reaffirm their faith in Christ.

9. A Secretariat to coordinate all of the different initiatives promoted by various Dicasteries of the Holy See, or other events relevant to the Universal Church, will be established within the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. This Secretariat should be informed timely of the main events and can also suggest appropriate initiatives. The Secretariat will open a dedicated website with the goal of making available useful information regarding living out the Year of Faith more effectively.

10. At the conclusion of this Year, on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, there will be a Eucharist celebrated by the Holy Father, in which a solemn renewal of the profession of faith will take place.

 

II. ON THE LEVEL OF EPISCOPAL CONFERENCES[23]

 

1. Episcopal Conferences, in light of the specific mission of the Bishops as teachers and “heralds of the faith,”[24] can dedicate a day of study to the topic of faith, its personal witness and its transmission to new generations.

2. The republication in paperback and economical editions of the Documents of Vatican Council II, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and its Compendium is to be promoted, as is the wider distribution of these texts through electronic means and modern technologies.

3. A renewed effort to translate the documents of Vatican Council II and the Catechism of the Catholic Church into languages which lack a translation is desirable. Initiatives of charitable support to enable translations into the local languages of mission countries, where the local Churches cannot afford the expense, are to be encouraged. This should be done under the guidance of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

4. Pastors should work to promote television and radio transmissions, films and publications focusing on the faith, its principles and content, as well as on the ecclesial significance of the Second Vatican Council. This should be done using the new styles of communication, especially on the popular level, making these things available to a wider public.

5. The Saints and the Blessed are the authentic witnesses of the faith.[25] It is, therefore, opportune that Episcopal Conferences work toward the dissemination of a knowledge of the local Saints of their territory, also by modern means of social communication.

6. The contemporary world is sensitive to the relationship between faith and art. It is, therefore, recommended that Episcopal Conferences maximize the catechetical potential – possibly with ecumenical cooperation – of the artistic patrimony of the region entrusted to their pastoral care.

7. Educators in centers of theological studies, seminaries and Catholic universities should be encouraged in their teaching to demonstrate the relevance within their various disciplines of the contents of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and of the implications derived from them.

8. It would be useful to arrange for the preparation of pamphlets and leaflets of an apologetic nature (cfr. 1 Pt 3:15), which should be done with the help of theologians and authors. Every member of the faithful would then be enabled to respond better to the questions which arise in difficult contexts – whether to do with sects, or the problems related to secularism and relativism, or to questions “arising from a changed mentality which, especially today, limits the field of rational certainties to that of scientific and technological discoveries,”[26] or to other specific issues.

9. It is hoped that local catechisms and various catechetical supplements in use in the particular Churches would be examined to ensure their complete conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.[27] Should a catechism or supplement be found to be not totally in accord with the Catechism, or should some lacunae be discovered, new ones should be developed, following the example of those Conferences which have already done so.

10. The Year of Faith will also be an appropriate time to examine, in collaboration with the Congregation for Catholic Education, the Ratio of formation for future priests, ensuring that the contents of the Catechism for the Catholic Church are present in their theological studies.

 

III. AT THE DIOCESAN LEVEL

 

1. It is hoped that each particular Church would have a celebration of the opening of the Year of Faith and a solemn conclusion to it, in which to “profess our faith in the Risen Lord in our cathedrals and in the churches of the whole world.”[28]

2. It would be desirable that each Diocese in the world organize a study day on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, particularly for its priests, consecrated persons and catechists. On this occasion, for example, the Eastern Catholic Eparchies could hold a meeting with their priests to give witness to their specific experience and liturgical tradition in the one faith in Christ. Also, in this way, young particular Churches in mission territories would be able to give renewed witness to that joy of faith which is so often particular to them.

3. Each Bishop could devote a pastoral letter of his own to the topic of faith, keeping in mind the specific pastoral circumstances of the portion of the faithful entrusted to him, reminding them of the importance of the Second Vatican Council and of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

4. It is hoped that in each Diocese, under the leadership of the Bishop, catechetical events will be organized, especially for the youth and those searching for a sense of life, helping them to discover the beauty of ecclesial faith, promoting encounters with meaningful witnesses to the faith.

5. It would be appropriate for each particular Church to review the reception of Vatican Council II and the Catechism of the Catholic Church in its own life and mission, particularly in the realm of catechesis. This would provide the opportunity for a renewal of commitment on the part of the catechetical offices of the Dioceses which – supported by the Commissions for Catechesis of the Episcopal Conferences – have the duty to care for the theological formation of catechists.

6. The continuing education of the clergy can be focused during this Year of Faith on the documents of Vatican Council II and on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, treating such themes as “the proclamation of the Risen Christ”, “the Church – sacrament of salvation”, “the mission of evangelization in the world today”, “faith and disbelief”, “faith, ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue”, “faith and eternal life”, “the hermeneutic of reform in continuity” and “the Catechism in ordinary pastoral care.”

7. Bishops are invited to organize penitential celebrations, particularly during Lent, in which all can ask for God’s forgiveness, especially for sins against faith. This Year also provides an appropriate occasion in which all can approach the Sacrament of Penance with greater faith and more frequently.

8. It is hoped that there will be a renewed creative dialogue between faith and reason in the academic and artistic communities, through symposia, meetings and days of study, especially at Catholic universities, in order to demonstrate that “there cannot be any conflict between faith and genuine science, because both, albeit via different routes, tend towards the truth.”[29]

9. It is also important to promote encounters with those persons who, “while not claiming to have the gift of faith, are nevertheless sincerely searching for the ultimate meaning and definitive truth of their lives and of the world,”[30] taking as an example the dialogues of the Courtyard of the Gentiles, sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture.

10. The Year of Faith can be an opportunity to pay greater attention to Catholic schools, which are a perfect place to offer to students a living witness to the Lord and to nurture their faith. This can be done by making use of good catechetical tools, like the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Youcat.

 

IV. AT THE LEVEL OF THE PARISH/COMMUNITY/ASSOCIATION/MOVEMENT

 

1. In preparation for the Year of Faith, all of the faithful are invited to read closely and meditate upon Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Letter, Porta fidei.

2. The Year of Faith “will also be a good opportunity to intensify the celebration of the faith in the liturgy, especially in the Eucharist.”[31] In the Eucharist, mystery of faith and source of the new evangelization, the faith of the Church is proclaimed, celebrated and strengthened. All of the faithful are invited to participate in the Eucharist actively, fruitfully and with awareness, in order to be authentic witnesses of the Lord.

3. Priests should devote greater attention to the study of the documents of Vatican Council II and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, drawing from them resources for the pastoral care of their parishes – catechesis, preaching, Sacramental preparation. They should also offer cycles of homilies on the faith or on certain specific aspects such as, for example, “the encounter with Christ”, “the fundamental contents of the Creed”, and “faith and the Church.”[32]

4. Catechists should hold more firmly to the doctrinal richness of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and, under the direction of their pastors, offer guidance in reading this precious document to groups of faithful, working toward a deeper common understanding thereof, with the goal of creating small communities of faith, and of giving witness to the Lord Jesus.

5. It is hoped that there will be a renewed commitment in parishes to the distribution of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and of other resources appropriate for families, which are true domestic churches and the primary setting for the transmission of the faith. This might be done, for example, during the blessing of homes, the Baptism of adults, Confirmations and Marriages. This can contribute to the deepening of Catholic teaching “in our homes and among our families, so that everyone may feel a strong need to know better and to transmit to future generations the faith of all times.”[33]

6. The promotion of missions and other popular programs in parishes and in the workplace can help the faithful to rediscover the gift of Baptismal faith and the task of giving witness, knowing that the Christian vocation “by its very nature is also a vocation to the apostolate.”[34]

7. During this time, members of Institutes of Consecrated Life and of Societies of Apostolic Life are asked to work towards the new evangelization with a renewed union to the Lord Jesus, each according to their proper charism, in fidelity to the Holy Father and to sound doctrine.

8. Contemplative communities, during the Year of Faith, should pray specifically for the renewal of the faith among the People of God and for a new impulse for its transmission to the young.

9. Associations and Ecclesial Movements are invited to promote specific initiatives which, through the contribution of their proper charism and in collaboration with their local Pastors, will contribute to the wider experience of the Year of Faith. The new Communities and Ecclesial Movements, in a creative and generous way, will be able to find the most appropriate ways in which to offer their witness to the faith in service to the Church.

10. All of the faithful, called to renew the gift of faith, should try to communicate their own experience of faith and charity[35] to their brothers and sisters of other religions, with those who do not believe, and with those who are just indifferent. In this way, it is hoped that the entire Christian people will begin a kind of mission toward those with whom they live and work, knowing that they “have welcomed the news of salvation which is meant for every man.”[36]

 

CONCLUSION

 

Faith “is the lifelong companion that makes it possible to perceive, ever anew, the marvels that God works for us. Intent on gathering the signs of the times in the present of history, faith commits every one of us to become a living sign of the presence of the Risen Lord in the world.”[37] Faith is both a personal and a communal act: it is a gift from God that is lived in the communion of the Church and must be communicated to the world. Every initiative for theYear of Faith should be designed to aid in the joyous rediscovery of the faith and its renewed transmission. The recommendations provided here have the goal of inviting all of the members of the Church to work so that this Yearmay be a special time in which we, as Christians, may share that which is most dear to us: Christ Jesus, the Redeemer of mankind, Universal King, “leader and perfecter of faith” (Hb 12: 2).

Given in Rome, at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on 6 January 2012, the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord.

 

William Cardinal Levada 
Prefect

Luis F. Ladaria, S.J. 
Secretary

 

 

 

 

[1] Benedict XVI, Enc. Letter, Deus caritas est, 25 December 2005, n. 1.

 

 

[2] Id., Homily on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, 10 January 2010.

 

 

[3] John XXIII, Address of the solemn opening of the Ecumenical Vatican Council II, 11 October 1962.

 

 

[4] Conc. Ecum. Vat. II, Dogmatic Constitution, Lumen gentium, n. 1.

 

 

[5] The Ordinary Assemblies of the Synod of Bishops have treated the following topics: The preservation and strengthening of the Catholic Faith, its integrity, vigor, development, historical and doctrinal coherence (1967), The ministerial priesthood and justice in the world (1971), Evangelization in the modern world (1974), Catechesis in our time (1977), The Christian Family (1980), Penance and reconciliation in the mission of the Church (1983), The vocation and mission of the laity in the Church and in the world (1987), The formation of priests in actual circumstances (1991),Consecrated life and its mission in the Church and in the world (1994), The Bishop: Servant of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the hope of the world (2001), The Eucharist: source and summit of the life and mission of the Church (2005),The Word of God in the life and mission of the Church (2008).

 

 

[6] Benedict XVI, Address to the Roman Curia, 22 December 2005.

 

 

[7] Id., Porta fidei, n. 4.

 

 

[8] John Paul II, Address on the closing of the Second Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, 7 December 1985, n. 6. The same Pope, in the initial phase of this Synod, during the Angelus of 24 November 1985, said: “Fatih is the principal foundation, it is the cornerstone, the essential criterion of the renewal willed by the Council. From faith come custom, the stile of life and practical direction in every circumstance.”

 

 

[9] Id., Apostolic Constitution, Fidei depositum, 11 October 1992, n. 2.

 

 

[10] Ibid., n. 3.

 

 

[11] Ibid., n. 4.

 

 

[12] Benedict XVI, Porta fidei, n. 11.

 

 

[13] Id., Address to the participants in the meeting organized by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, 15 October 2011.

 

 

[14] Id., Apostolic Letter, Porta fidei, n. 7.

 

 

[15] Cfr. ibid., n. 12.

 

 

[16] This Committee, formed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, according to the mandate of the Holy Father, Benedict XVI, includes among its members: Cardinals William Levada, Francis Arinze, Angelo Bagnasco, Ivan Dias, Francis E. George, Zenon Grocholewski, Marc Ouellet, Mauro Piacenza, Jean-Pierre Ricard, Stanisław Ryłko and Christoph Schönborn; Archbishops Luis F. Ladaria, and Salvatore Fisichella; Bishops Mario del Valle Moronta Rodríguez, Gerhard Ludwig Müller and Raffaello Martinelli.

 

 

[17] Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 150.

 

 

[18] Benedict XVI, Apostolic Letter, Porta fidei, n. 15.

 

 

[19] Conc. Ecum. Vat. II, Dogmatic Constitution, Lumen gentium, n. 65.

 

 

[20] Benedict XVI, Apostolic Letter, Porta fidei, n. 13.

 

 

[21] Ibid., n. 6.

 

 

[22] Conc. Ecum. Vat. II, Decree, Unitatis redintigratio, n. 1.

 

 

[23] The following recommendations made for Episcopal Conferences are also offered, in an analogous way, to the Synods of Bishops of Patriarchal and Major Archepiscopal Churches, as well as to the Assemblies of Hierarchs of the other Eastern Catholic Churches sui iuris.

 

 

[24] Conc. Ecum. Vat. II, Dogmatic Constitution, Lumen gentium, n. 25.

 

 

[25] Benedict XVI, Apostolic Letter, Porta fidei, n. 13.

 

 

[26] Ibid., n. 12.

 

 

[27] John Paul II, Apostolic Constitution, Fidei depositum, n. 4.

 

 

[28] Benedict XVI, Apostolic Letter, Porta fidei, n. 8.

 

 

[29] Ibid., n. 12.

 

 

[30] Ibid., n. 10.

 

 

[31] Ibid., n. 9.

 

 

[32] Cfr., Benedict XVI, Apostolic Exhortation, Verbum Domini, 30 September 2010, nn. 59-60, and 74.

 

 

[33] ID., Apostolic Letter, Porta fidei, n. 8.

 

 

[34] Conc. Ecum. Vat. II, Decree, Apostolicam actuositatem, n. 2.

 

 

[35] Cfr. Benedict XVI, Apostolic Letter, Porta fidei, n. 14.

 

 

[36] Conc. Ecum. Vat. II, Pastoral Constitution, Gaudium et spes, n. 1.

 

 

[37] Benedict XVI, Apostolic Letter, Porta fidei, n. 15.

 

 

Oct 01

CFD Davao promotes and encourages the Official Website for The Year of the Faith!

http://www.annusfidei.va/content/novaevangelizatio/en/news.html

 

ABP FISICHELLA: WE NEED NEW EVANGELIZERS

 

(Vatican Radio) “We cannot conduct a new evangelisation without new evangelizers”, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella..

Sep 20

CFD Davao supports and prepares for the Year of the Faith!

Sep 20

CFD Davao Board of Stewards 2012-2015

Sep 20

CFD-Davao Archdiocesan Election held last September 15, 2012

In order to prepare for the Year of the Faith, the Catholic Faith Defenders Inc. Archdiocese of Davao Chapter held its Archdiocesan Election facilitated by Bro. Ryan R. Mejillano (National Secretary and Board of Governors) last September 15, 2012  at the San Pedro Cathedral Auditorium.  This is the upshoot of the agreed meeting conducted last September 7, 2012 at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Tibungco, Davao City where a parish chapter is already existing.  The warm welcome of the Parish Priest added color to our earnest desire to collaborate with the local church this Year of the Faith.  The election was participated by four (4) existing and active chapters in Davao City, namely to wit; San Pedro Cathedral Chapter, San Antonio de Padua Chapter, St. Francis Xavier Parish Chapter and the University of Southeastern Philippines Chapter. The election started with a Holy Mass by Rev. Fr. Jorge S. Angga, STB (a fellow apologist) in the Ordinary Form but the ordinaries (Kyrie, Sanctus and Agnus) were chanted in latin.  Afterwards, a briefing and updates on how to run an election in the Archdiocesan level known as Board of Stewards was discussed by the National Secretary.  Everything went well by virtue of God’s providence.  Congrats to Bro. John Reyes who was elected to be the Archdiocesan President for 2012 – 2015.  Kudos to the Archdiocesan Officers “Board of Stewards”.

President – Bro. John Reyes

Internal VP – Bro. Ronnie Moradas

External VP – Bro. Ryan Mejillano

Secretary – Sis. Rhialyn Dumaquita

Treasurer – Bro. Arturo Partosa

Auditor – Bro. John Carlo Asis

PIO – Bro. Kid Libunao

Board of Stewards

Hubert Gumanay

Ronald Rondina

Cherry Diez

Elias Mahilum

Rubie Mae Maurillo

Eric Romero

Pepito albarico

Teodoro Gotas

 

Sep 20

Argumentation and Debate Lecture conducted by Sis. Jocelyn Ibanez, LLB. (September 15, 2012)

The Committee on Argumentation and Debate headed by Bro. Ryan R. Mejillano, M.A. Th in their effort to strengthen their argumentation and debate skills is conducting a series of lecture on Arts of Argumentation and Debate as part of their commitment during their Strategic Planning last June.  This is the beginning of their Action Plan implementation as committee.  To make this activity possible, the chairman invited his friend and fellow Catholic Faith Defender during their University years, Sis. Jocelyn Ibanez, LLB. Her topics include Oxford-Oregon, Douglas types of debate, Common logical fallacies and errors, and British Parliamentary rules.

Sep 13

comment on the Pro RH admin’s post on the apology of Pope John Paul regarding past mistakes of individual Catholics

Blessed. John Paul II, pray for us
Blessed John Paul II
 I have written in the Pro RH open page concerning their post on the apology of the pope on the past mistakes of some Catholics who used the name of the church for their personal gains. There had been redundant posts in their page regarding the abuses of the past like crusades, the inquisition etc etc of which they did not understand what happened during those years. They did not study the reasons why the church have to initiate actions [though some abused their duties] in order to stop the inconsistencies of the people and likewise, the prevention in promoting heresies that might harm the name of the church and her doctrines. 
It is so sad to see these Pro Rh advocates enumerating these issues in which they are trying to influence the minds of nominal Catholics that are pro RH in order to trigger their minds that the church is always wrong when it comes to teaching the faithful regarding morality. I found out also that two of their Defensores Pro RH are members of the Iglesia ni Cristo [Manalo's version] where they applauded them without giving them infractions or even actions to stop arguing about bible verses or about religion that are not connected on the RH Bill. I know, they will say, bravo INC, bravo!, even if the bible verses they quoted did not touch anything about the controversial bill since they tackle more about the doctrines especially images[ang layo noh?]. 
Too much shame for the hypocrisies and biases in their open page.
here is the screenshot of the Admin’s thread:
Here is my comment:
Admin, you keep on repeating you arrogance in understanding the statement of the pope…It is so dismaying that you are redundantly accusing the bishopric of rome as the reason why there were devastating events that happened in Europe that time..

You did not see the light of reason why the church have to do or initiate a statement concerning the past mistakes of Catholics to other cultures..

You have to be very open in realizing the fact that all that happened during the middle ages were part of the development of the European culture and the result also are the abuses of some individuals.

It is true that some clergies had done those such, but never the church told them to do inhumane actions, that’s why the church is sorry for what they did.

If you have read the document carefully and with open heart, you would see how the pope humbled himself on the actions of some dissenters and heretics of which they still used the name of the church for their own personal gains.

That’s how being a catholic, admin. The openness to the fact that we are not perfect are there, but we never say, we have to be lax to their actions, especially this controversial rh bill, of which it may harm the name of the church and the morality of which she kept for so long..

If you are not a catholic, i expect you not to understand what i mean..

Yes, i insist, you are anti-Catholics at its best…just admit it…

just to add, in order to understand why the church have to say sorry for the past mistakes of individual Catholics in the name of the Church,   you have to reread the document or, try to read the reasons and response of the church on the misconceptions of the anti catholics regarding the document:

Catholic News Agency on the Galileo and Vatican Controversy

Rabbi David Galin [Jewish Rabbi] concerning the silence of Pope Pius XII during the holocaust

New Advent on the Crusades, justifying the purpose of the advocasy [abuses of some were mentioned]

Catholic Answers on the Inquisition, justifying the real purpose [abuses of some were mentioned]

Catholic Answers discussion on the Protestants persecuted being blamed to the Church and John Hus was part of it

Council of Constance and the execution of John Hus and Symposium on the execution of John Hus

and many more, Pro RH Admin, you still have a lot of things to understand concerning the statement of Pope John Paul II, and take note, even RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE website, though criticized the statement of the late pope did not mention that it was the mistake of the whole church but the mistake of INDIVIDUAL CATHOLICS. understand?

Aug 29

Another apologetic sermon from a good friend of mine – Rev. Fr. Christopher Thaddeus, SM

Today, August 29, 2012 (commemoration of the beheading of St. John the Baptist), I attended an Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite at the University of Southeastern Philippines – Catholic Faith Defenders– Davao City.  It was a moment to behold since my fellow apologist, Prof. Dandie Fernandez who happens to be in a vacation mode, is the main sponsor for the Holy Mass intention.  Aside from him, it was a gatecrash reunion since my yesteryear comrades and advisers in the University were also there, namely; Prof. Maxima, Prof. Vicente and Prof. Melody and my good friend Prof. Hector.

The Holy Mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Christopher Thaddeus, SM.  I was surprised with the erudition of his homily. He started by telling the story of the beheading of St. John the Baptist.  He brought us to the most interesting part of the story in which he stressed the uncompromising stand of St. John in the indissolubility of marriage. Though he was imprisoned but he never withdraw his fidelity to his stand. He’s willing to die for the faith. The priest then asked the congregation if we are willing also not to compromise our faith. Are we willing to die for the faith? Or are we willing to defend the faith? To be exact, the Catholic Faith.  He then urged us to always be willing to DEFEND the Catholic Faith even if the prize is death like of St. John.

He warned us of our inner attitude of being like Herod.  Though he protected and listened to St. John, he changed his views because of public pressure. These are the people who tried to be lukewarm with their faith (Rev. 3:15). There is a need not to compromise our Faith.  We must today be willing to DEFEND and uphold the catholic principles like that of St. John the Baptist.

Let us pray for more priests who excellently give good sermons and encouraging us to DEFEND the Catholic Faith from all attacks. Pro Deo et Ecclesia!

Aug 29

35th CFD Davao Founding Anniversary Message of National Spiritual Adviser of the Catholic Faith Defenders, Inc. – Rev. Fr. Abe P. Arganiosa, CRS

 

 (Engr. Ramon Gitamondoc, Dr. Rene Bullecer, Fr. Abe Arganiosa and Prof. Ryan Mejillano during the 2012 CFD National Convention held at Dumaguete City)

 

August 26, 2012

+St. Zephyrinus (217AD) Pope & Martyr

 

MY BELOVED BRETHREN AND FELLOW CATHOLIC FAITH DEFENDER IN DAVAO.IT IS WITH GREAT JOY THAT I’VE LEARNED OF YOUR IN-COMING 35TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY AND SUCH NEWS BROUGHT SO MUCH BECAUSE CFD DAVAO HAS COME A LONG WAY. WE IN THE NORTH ARE VERY MUCH INDEBTED TO YOU AND IN OUR SHAME WE ENVY YOUR GROWTH AND SUCCESSES.AS YOUR SPIRITUAL FATHER, I HAVE NEITHER GOLD NOR SILVER TO OFFER AS A GIFT FOR YOUR CELEBRATION. INSTEAD I WANT TO SHARE CERTAIN NEWS ALSO THAT WILL SURELY ENLIVEN YOUR HOPE AND INCREASE YOUR FAITH IN THE LORD AND LOVE IN THE HOLY MOTHER CHURCH. HERE THEY ARE:

1. THE CFD CAVITE CHAPTER HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED WITH THREE LOCAL CHAPTER AND HAD STARTED HAVING ITS APOLOGETIC SEMINARS IN CAVITE CITY AND DASMARINAS CITY. IT IS LED BY BRO. JEFFREY LIMBAGA WHO IS A THEOLOGY GRADUATE LIKE KUYA RYAN AND KUYA HECTOR WITH REV. FR. DOMINADOR MEDINA, PARISH PRIEST OF ST. PETER PARISH IN CAVITE CITY AS SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR. ALMOST ALL OF ITS MEMBERS ARE VERY YOUNG.

 

2. CFD BULACAN CHAPTER IS ALSO ESTABLISHED UNDER BRO. NONOY LOPEZ, CATHOLIC APOLOGIST AUTHOR,- A RENOWN CATECHIST AND EDUCATOR IN BULACAN. OUR SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR IS THE WELL LOVED REV. FR. DARS CABRAL OF STA. RITA PARISH IN GUIGUINTO, BULACAN WHO ALSO SERVES AS THE MEDIA COMMISSION CHAIRMAN FOR THE DIOCESE OF MALOLOS. THIS CHAPTER IS LUCKY TO HAVE BEEN GIVEN A FREE RADIO PROGRAM EVERY SUNDAY 10:00-11:30AM.

3. CFD PUP [PHIL POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY] CHAPTER HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED ALREADY AND WE ARE WORKING FOR ITS SUCCESS IN THAT SCHOOL.

4. THIS WEEK I WILL PERSONALLY VISIT TARLAC AND NUEVA ECIJA FOR THE CHAPTERS IN THOSE PROVINCES. A PRIEST IN LAGUNA HAS CONTACTED ME ALSO AND IS WILLING TO HELP US TAKE ROOT IN CALAMBA, LAGUNA THE HOMETOWN OF OUR NATIONAL HERO JOSE RIZAL.
PLEASE PRAY FOR US MY DEAR PEOPLE OF DAVAO SO THAT HAND IN HAND WE CAN DEFEND AND PROCLAIM OUR FAITH TO THE ENTIRE ARCHIPELAGO. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORKS BECAUSE THE CHURCH IS VERY MUCH IN NEED OF DEFENDERS ESPECIALLY NOW THAT SHE IS UNDER ATTACKS FROM VARIOUS SECTS AND OTHER ENEMIES. LET US RAISE THE SWORD OF TRUTH FOR THE GLORY OF GOD AND THE SPLENDOR OF THE CHURCH.

I CONFER TO YOU: ONE AND ALL, MY PATERNAL BLESSING. MAY ST. PETER BE WITH YOU AND MAY THE QUEEN-MOTHER EMBRACE YOU IN HER MATERNAL PROTECTION.
YOURS IN JESUS AND MARY,

REV. FR. ABE P. ARGANIOSA
CFD National Spiritual Director

Aug 28

CFD- Davao City Spiritual Director Rev. Msgr. Leonardo Vicente, DCD – ardent apologist and CFD supporter

KUDOS TO MSGR. NARDS VICENTE FOR A VERY GOOD APOLOGETICS SERMON YESTERDAY WHICH COINCIDED WITH THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CATHOLIC FAITH DEFENDERS OF DAVAO. AS FAR AS I CAN REMEMBER, I ONLY HEARD 5 DIOCESAN PRIESTS IN DAVAO DELIVERED THIS TYPE OF HOMILY IN MY ENTIRE LIFE: Bishop Capalla, the late Fr. Cunanan, Msgr. Nards Vicente, Msgr. Paul Cuison and Fr. Jorge Angga. HERE ARE SOME HIGHTLIGHTS OF MSGR. NARDS VICENTE’S HOMILY ON JOHN 6:60-69: (By: Jub Alabastro)

(These pictures were taken last August 10, 2012 during our Catholic Doctrine Seminar.  Here, Msgr. Nards delivered his inspirational message to the participant and officers. The gist, “always be obedient to the Church Magisterium”)

-Since the time of Christ, there are those who abandoned His doctrinal teachings (John 6:64)

-The rejection of Christ’s teaching continued in 1500 when Martin Luther founded protestantism and rebelled against the Papacy and the Church. He taught Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) which is not taught in Scripture. He rejected the Church, he rejected Tradition. The Catholic Church based its rule of faith in Scripture and Tradition (2 THES. 2:15.)

-This rebellion continued to this day, and different sects deceived Catholics who are not well founded in their Catholic Faith. Promising them prosperity and false hope. When these Catholics are not contented with a particular sect, they hop to another. Parang nag shopping.-Yes we have one God Who created us, but what is not found in other religion is the doctrine that we have. This doctrine was delivered to us by the Apostles. Other religions don’t have Apostolic Succession. Apostolic Succession enables one to trace from history that the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church go back to the time of Christ and the Apostles.

Aug 28

CFD Retrospect (1982 AD) 5th Year Anniversary of CFD Davao City Chapter – Thank you Founding Fathers

Aug 28

Bro. Ryan R. Mejillano gives the 35th CFD Davao Founding Anniversary invitation to the Lord Archbishop Romulo G. Valles, DD. after his Pontifical Mass last Sunday @ the San Pedro Cathedral

 

Aug 28

Official Catholic Faith Defenders – National Officers 2010-2013

 

 

WHO ARE THE TRUE AND REAL OFFICERS OF CATHOLIC FAITH DEFENDERS [CFD] NATIONAL GOVERNMENT? THE HIGHEST GOVERNING OFFICER OF THE CFD IS THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT. HE IS THE ONE MAKING FINAL AND DEFINITE DECISIONS IN THE ORGANIZATION. THE NATIONAL ADVISER IS VERY INFLUENTIAL BECAUSE HE IS AN INTERNATIONALLY FAMOUS APOLOGIST AND A CHAMPION DEBATER AND FORMER PRESIDENT FOR VERY LONG TIME. HE IS LIKE THE PATRIARCH OF APOLOGETICS IN OUR COUNTRY. THE NATIONAL SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR IS HIGH RANKING BECAUSE HE IS THE THEOLOGICAL ADVISER AND THE ONE REPRESENTING THE HIERARCHY OF THE CHURCH. BEING AN ORDAINED MINISTER OF THE CHURCH HE IS THE ‘SHEPHERD’ OF THE ORGANIZATION KEEPING IT FREE FROM ANY DOCTRINAL ERROR. HERE THEY ARE:

National Spiritual Director: REV. FR. ABE P. ARGANIOSA 

National Adviser: Bro. SOCRATES FERNANDEZ [President Emeritus]

The following are the newly elected executive officers for 2010-

2013

NATIONAL PRESIDENT – Bro. RAMON M. GITAMONDOC (Cebu City)
V-Pres. Internal – Bro. Cleb Calimutan (Cagayan de Oro City)
V-Pres. External – Bro. Wendell Talibong (Ozamis City)
Secretary National – Bro. Ryan R. Mejillano (Davao City)

Treasurer – Bro. Adam Amper (Cebu City)
P.I.O. – Bro. Reynaldo Rosal (Misamis City)
-Bro. Raymundo Bascones (Cebu City)
Auditor – Bro. Rey Entila (Bacolod City)

COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS:

1. Bro. Ramon M. Gitamondoc of Cebu

2. Bro. Cleb Calimutan of Cagayan de Oro
3. Bro. Wendell Talibong of Ozamiz
4. Bro. Ryan R. Mejillano of Davao
5. Bro. Adam Amper of Cebu
6. Bro. Reynaldo Rosal of Misamis
7. Bro. Raymundo Bascones of Cebu
8. Bro. Miguel Abas of Dipolog
9. Bro. Septofel Apurado of Negros
10. Bro. Francisco Pastorite of Cebu
11. Bro. Alejandro Purca of Cebu
12. Bro. Dionesio Pepito of Oriquita
13. Bro. Nelson Dalam of Cebu
14. Bro. Hector Damaso of Davao
15. Bro. Rey Entila of Negros Occidental
16. Bro. Hernando Mangitngit of Cebu
17. Bro. Juvenal Alesna of Ormoc, Leyte
18. Bro. John Diona of Davao
19. Bro. Celestino Cubol of Cagayan de Oro
20. Bro. Woodrow Maquiling of Negros Oriental
21. Bro. Ricardo Felizarta of Zamboanga

Aug 26

35th Catholic Faith Defenders Inc – Davao City Anniversary Program

Mayor Soc Fernandez

35th CFD Anniversary Program (back)

35th CFD Anniversary Program (front)

 

Published hereto are the whole series of 35th Founding Anniversary Program. Pro Deo et Ecclesia

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