Way Forward #5
brethren in Christ,
peace and joy of the Lord be with you!
the reality of a split within CFC, the choice to our
brethren has become clearer. There is the CFC-GK under
the IC (Int’l Council) and there is the CFC-FFL.
While there are those who say they will not choose
because they are for unity and thus will stay put
for the moment, staying put means staying with the
IC. Thus, not to choose is already to choose. But
then there are those who actually have chosen a third
option, which is to be “independent,”
at least for the moment, by not recognizing or affiliating
with either CFC-GK or CFC-FFL. This is a bold move
which we respect, though we hope that this is a momentary
choice, while waiting for further developments.
is the difference between CFC-GK and CFC-FFL?
IC has consistently and emphatically said that GK
remains as its pillar, and thus an integral part of
its life and mission. Thus CFC-GK is still committed
to building 700,000 houses by 2010 (GK777), to nation
building (the Philippines), and to raising one million
heroes (GK1MB). According to GK News, as of August
2007, GK has built more than 24,000 houses in over
1,000 communities. This is after almost 4 years. Thus
for the next 3 years GK will need to build almost
676,000 homes. That means that this work will only
get much more intense.
its part, CFC-FFL will emphasize its original charism
of family life renewal and evangelization. This is
its first priority. But it will not neglect the social
dimension. Aside from prison ministry, CFC-FFL will
also build communities among the poor. It will set
up “restoration villages.” This work however
will be different from GK in the following ways:
will not be as intense in numbers. It will certainly
not sidetrack our authentic charism of family life
We will openly proclaim Christ and our identity as
CFC. We will have prayer and Christian symbols (e.g.,
crucifixes) at our villages and our activities.
We will not enter into partnerships that violate our
Catholic values and principles.
CFC-FFL members will not be burdened by excessive
We will work closely with the Church (dioceses and
priorities of the two CFCs are thus very clear. To
on social (GK).
on spiritual (family & life).
Build God’s kingdom.
look to the Philippines.
outlook to other countries.
work overtly Catholic.
GK, as a pillar of CFC, had not veered away from God’s
intent, then we would still be united today. However,
given the importance of work with the poor, we can
understand CFC-GK’s continuing with GK777. We
admire its passion to help the materially poor. With
the clear difference in emphasis between CFC-GK and
CFC-FFL, then our brethren can follow their heart
and decide what is God’s call to them. We go
our separate ways, free from the conflict generated
by the tension between CFC and GK.
even as we go separate ways, might we not still be
united in some way? As I had previously proposed,
which I again reiterate, why not have one CFC but
with two branches? This way we remain as brethren,
but with our respective emphasis and priority. This
way we adequately cover the two important dimensions
of the gospel—the spiritual and the social,
without generating internal conflict. This way we
are able to follow our heart without reservation,
and even be able to bless each other.
remains for the IC to reconsider its outright rejection
of my proposal. But in the meantime, there is much
work to be done. We in CFC-FFL are moving forward,
and I invite all like-minded brethren to join us.
We have an exciting time ahead of us.
the service of Christ,
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