Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Dialogue

According to yesterday's Cocktales in the Manila Standard, The Bishops meet today to discuss the CFC split, although I don't know why Mr. Agustin believes that they have "been left with little choice but to allow Gawad Kalinga to be spun off from the worldwide Couples for Christ just to preserve unity within its middle-class revivalist movement."

Seems whoever supplied the information for that little tale also gave their knowledgeable opinion of how the Bishops will decide.


The Inquirer is also reporting the dialogue, although it wasn't mentioned that it was set for today.


Let us all pray that the CBCP's stand in this issue be fair, impartial, and take into account the world of good that CFC/Gawad Kalinga has done for the country's poor and homeless. This issue must rise beyond personalities, beyond the egos of a couple of individuals, and beyond interference.

Update:

The Bishop's dialogue was reportedly a marathon meet lasting from 10am - 6pm. Emotions were high but it seems a workable compromise was reached. Lets all stand by for the statement that is being prepared and keep praying for a fair resolution for all.

Update again:

Read the Council Statement in this entry, or here.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Received this text late last night.

In meeting today (yesterday), Bishops understood that most acceptable option now is separation, with possible reunification in future.

Bishops affirmed that CFC under Intl Council retains Vatican intl recognition and CBCP natl recognition. Recognition of FFL by Bishop Reyes is diocesan. Bishop Reyes also recognizes CFC under Intl Council in his diocese. Each Bishop will individually decide in his diocese whether to accept one or both.

On GK, bishops cited reports that GK is allegedly veering away from vision n mission of CFC and Catholic teachings. CFC Intl council acknowledged that there are isolated cases and committed to look into these and correct if needed.

God bless.

Kapatid said...

Two versions of the same results of the just concluded dialgoue with the Bishops:

Version 1:

"From CFC -- In meeting today, Bishops understood that most acceptable option now is separation with possible reunification in future. Bishops affirmed that CFC under Intl council retains Vatican intl recognition and CBCP natl recognition. recognition of FFL by Bishop reyes is diocesan. Bishop Reyes also recognizes CFC Intl council in his diocese. Each Bishop will individually decide in his diocese whether to accept one or both. On GK Bishops cited reports that GK is allegedly veering away from the mission n vision of CFC and Catholic teachings. CFC Intl council acknowledged that there are isolated cases and committed to look into these and correct if needed.

Version 2:
"FRom Chito Liban: Bishops gabby reyes, pacana, villena, afable Archbshp lagdameo will issue statement saying GK has reportedly veered away from cfc charism and leadrs comted to addres problems. Meantime split is respected. CFC-FFL: commits to honor church magisterium and will continue enggement, work towards restoring values dear to community. God bless our Church! please pass."

The first version came from CFC. CFC Intl Council Exec. Dir Joe Tale is a lawyer. We can assume the CFC statement carries his approval, if not his wordings.

The 2nd version came from FFL's Chito Liban. He is a law partner in one of the biggest law firms in the Phils.

Which of the two versions gives a more comprehensive and more objective statement to their flocks? The answer indicates how the now separated flocks will be led by their respective leaders.

Anonymous said...

CFC opts to split

Manila, August 28, 2007 -After a whole day of deliberations with the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on the Laity chaired by Antipolo Bishop Gabriel V. Reyes, the two conflicting groups from Couples for Christ decided to go separate ways temporarily with the hope of uniting into one later.

The parties involved are the Couples for Christ led by Bro. Jose Tale and the Couples for Christ for Family and Life chaired by Bro. Frank Padilla.

In an exclusive interview with CBCPNews early Tuesday evening, Episcopal Commission on the Laity Chairman and Antipolo Bishop Gabriel V. Reyes said the split will be temporary but both parties “will remain open to unification” in the future.

CBCP President and Jaro ( Iloilo ) Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo, Bishops Ramon Villena of Bayombong (Nueva Vizcaya), Guillermo Afable of Digos (Davao del Sur) and Honesto Pacana, S.J. of Malaybalay (Bukidnon) attended the meeting at the Council of the Laity of the Philippines Building at Cabildo Street, Intramuros, Manila.

“The Couples for Christ for Family and Life led by Bro. Frank Padilla is now recognized as a diocesan private association of the faithful in the Diocese of Antipolo,” Bishop Reyes said. He added the group may go into other dioceses with the permission of the bishop of the place.

“It is for the bishop to decide whether to accept one or both in his area,” Bishop Reyes explained.

He said Bro. Jose Tale will look into reports that Gawad Kalinga “is veering away from the vision-mission statements of the Couples for Christ and several teachings of the Catholic church."

Asked of Gawad Kalinga’s tie-up with government and other religions, Bishop Reyes said “there is nothing wrong with tie-ups with government agencies and other religions.” He added “tie-ups with other religions should be guided by the Catholic church’s rules on Ecumenism.”

Bishop Reyes confirmed money matters had nothing to do with the conflict. He appealed to Couples for Christ members to continuously pray for their organization and continue to work in their respective communities.

Source: CBCP (http://www.cbcpnews.com/?q=node/169)

jiggs said...

CD, what about the Villar AD campaign. Who approved of the inclusion of the CFC Logo or the Teodora Logo? Some members raised their eyebrows on why CFC was dragged into the political ad. Nagtatanong lang po... Uhmmm... lemme guess...

Tikbalang said...

In light of all these developments, why am I nagged by the words of Mother Teresa: "The simple path is the best way to God?" Secondly, has what happened to the community indicative of the Pinoy penchant for disunity? Or, as was so adroitly said by some philosopher: "No clever combination of bad eggs will ever make a good omellet?"

Anonymous said...

Sana tanggapin ang kalooban ng Panginoong Diyos. Salamat Po!

From: Kapatid din!

Wolsink said...

The FFL will not admit that the result of yesterday's dialog is more favorable to CFC. So many people are speaking from FFL while the Int'l Council of CFC is the only one releasing statements. E dun naman sa Campaign AD ni Villar syempre galing kay Frank and Maribel yun Teodora nga eh. Kaya nga may office sila sa Star Mall dahil may utang na loob din si Villar sa Teadora at CFC.