I was supposed to post Bishop Soc's draft letter as promised in a previous entry.
However, a well meaning and impassion plea from an anonymous email touched a nerve:
One thing I ask (I'd say BEG even) is that the draft letter of Bishop Soc Villegas NOT BE POSTED IN YOUR BLOG. Please avail to the Bishops REGARDLESS OF WHO THEY SYMPATHIZE OR AFFILIATE THEMSELVES WITH the respect that their office holds. We are treading on very thin ice when it comes to our mother the Church and the pastors she has called to serve us....please do not crack that ice just to make a point. Its not worth it. You can reveal the truth about FFL and the purity or impurity of their heart (believe it or not, I still believe they have hearts, a little hardened perhaps but it still beats for God) and the perverse manipulation of truth to make their point echo across the globe. HOWEVER, we do not need to stoop down to that level. God's truth is His truth for each one of us...His mission and call to each one of us is different...so lets seek it individually without destroying our relationship with His Church...and move collectively in whichever group He WILLS us to be.
I pray that both CFC and FFL will one day be able to worship together, will be able to heal, rich or poor, materially or spiritually; we are still ONE BODY in our Christ...and we serve never for our own, but...
In light of this totally unselfish request, I am refraining from posting Bishop Soc's draft letter for the meantime. I will, however, summarize it:
1. This draft letter was addressed to Cardinal Rosales.
2. It discusses details on how to go about a CFC/GK split.
Now, the Bishops have spoken, ostensibly, to put an end to the confusion.
Archbishop Lagdameo has said his piece...
(However, during the CBCP dialogue, of which he was panel member, he stated that he recognizes only one CfC in his archdiocese.)
Archbishop Arguelles released a decree...
Bishop Reyes released a paid ad in the Bulletin...
Now I'd like you all to watch Bishop Pacana's (another panel member of the CBCP dialogue) talk:
or download HERE.
Now that the Bishops have made their moves, which pieces will follow next, the Knights or the Pawns?
Some of you are calling for a release of that draft letter. I'm praying about it and hope to discern the right thing to do soon.
Let me remind you all that while our focus here is on the truth and transparency, this site is NOT about the bishops and/or their actions. We are all human. Any one of us can be misled, if that was ever the case. There are times when certain things can do more damage than good, and this is what I'm praying about. I beg you all to think about ALL you have gleaned from this site, as I believe there is enough in here for you to discern already.
Remember the last council statement: Let us look ahead, move forward, focus on our goals with CfC, and continue to do its good work.