Way Forward #3
September 1, 2007
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Peace be with you!
The meeting of the Int’l Council, Tony Meloto,
Lachie Agana and myself last August 14 resulted in
both sides accepting that the only way left to go
was to separate. Last August 28, CFC-GK represented
by the Int’l Council and CFC-FFL affirmed their
decision to go separate ways, and this was accepted
by the bishops. As one of the bishops said, CFC has
been held in bondage by GK, and so now each one, CFC
and GK, should be given freedom.
As we separate, know the following:
(1) We in CFC-FFL remain as “Couples for Christ.”
We have not left CFC, which is the global spiritual
body distinct from the Philippine corporation. What
we have left is the legal entity of “Couples
for Christ Global Mission Foundation Inc.” We
in CFC-FFL have as much right, if not more, to remain
as CFC than those who have veered away from our original
charism. Bp Gabriel Reyes said it was acceptable to
have two CFCs.
(2) We in CFC-FFL, contrary to pronouncements and
threats from the other side, can and will make use
of all teachings, formation programs, materials, the
CLP, songs, etc. of CFC. CFC-GK does not have exclusive
rights to these materials. CFC-FFL has the right to
make use of these CFC materials for the work of the
Lord. Later we will also make revisions as needed.
(3) In the Philippines, it is time for all who are
for CFC-FFL to remove themselves from the official
CFC-GK structure. You no longer have to attend CFC-GK
activities. We will integrate you in our own structure,
and we will have our own activities. For CFC in other
countries, you can try to insulate yourself from the
conflict in Manila and wait until the dust settles,
and in the meantime just go on with your own life
and mission. You may however work internally for the
restoration of CFC in your country, for as long as
that is possible.
(4) Try to remain peaceful with those who opt to stay
with CFC-GK. Maintain your friendships and remain
as brethren, though now separated.
I had proposed to the Int’l Council in the presence
of the bishops that we can maintain some sort of unity
within CFC, by having one CFC but with two independent
branches. Each branch, CFC-GK and CFC-FFL, can pursue
its own particular charism. Each can bless the other.
Both can have joint activities during the year. Though
the Int’l Council did not accept this, I continue
to leave this proposal on the table.
Let those of us in CFC-FFL now move on. There is much
to be done.
In the service of Christ,
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