Foundation for Family and Life
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (March 2009)|
|Motto||Renewing the Family and Defending Life|
|Formation||August 1, 2007|
|Type||Catholic charismatic group|
|Headquarters||Apartelle 12, Star Mall, Edsa corner Shaw Blvd, Mandaluyong City, Philippines|
The Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC FFL) is a Philippine-based Catholic charismatic lay community that emphasizes family life renewal and evangelization. It was founded in 2007 by former leaders and members of Couples for Christ-Global Missions Foundation (CFC-GMFI), another Catholic organization. It is recognized in various archdioceses and dioceses around the Philippines and has a number of international affiliations.
CFC FFL originally started as a restoration movement within CFC; this was led by the Easter Group. The movement began on April 8, 2007, following the dissemination of then CFC Director Francisco Padilla's paper "CFC and GK – 3: At the Crossroads on our Journey of Hope and Joy," which argued that, among other things, CFC's identity and presence in Gawad Kalinga (GK) is being suppressed.
On June 22, 2007, the CFC Elders Assembly was held to elect the members of the CFC International Council and the Board of Elders. The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) recommended that the elections be postponed in favor of further dialog with the Easter Group. The Elders Assembly declined the recommendation, and proceeded with the election. The Easter group argued that by declining the recommendation of the CBCP, CFC has disobeyed the Roman Catholic Church. This event and continuing disagreements regarding Gawad Kalinga galvanized the Easter Group to separate, and form the Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life.
The group was established on August 1, 2007, when Bishop Gabriel Reyes, the bishop of Antipolo, officially recognized it as a private association of the faithful in his diocese. CFC FFL's break-away from GMFI was officially declared after their leaders met with Philippine bishops on August 28, 2007.
The CFC FFL incorporation papers, filed to the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on August 2, 2007 under the name "Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life", was placed on hold pending the resolution of a complaint filed by the Couples for Christ organization on the use of the same name. However, on June 5, 2008 the SEC approved a petition of the group to revive and use the corporate name originally established in 1984, "Couples for Christ Foundation, Inc". On January 31, 2011 the Court of Appeals ruled to reverse this SEC approval, after which CFC FFL filed a Motion For Reconsideration. In a decision dated May 28, 2012 the Court of Appeals dismissed the Motion For Reconsideration and re-affirmed its previous ruling reversing the SEC decision. The case has been remanded to the SEC.
According to CFC FFL statutes, members of CFC FFL are organized into cell groups called a Household. A group of Households form a larger grouping, and such larger groupings form an even larger grouping, forming a pyramidal structure. The pastoral and administrative structure of each CFC FFL group depends on whether it is a fully integrated group or an affiliated group. The former is defined as a constituent part of the global CFC FFL community while the later is an autonomous group adhering to the core principles of CFC FFL.
Within CFC FFL are various social ministries such as community building, empowerment of women, prison, health, education and pro-life. It also has age-specific pastoral ministries collectively known as the Family Ministries such as Kids for Family and Life, Youth for Family and Life, Singles for Family and Life (for unmarried adults below the age of 40), Handmaids for Family and Life (for women above 40), and Servants for Family and Life (for men above 40).
- CBCP News Online. "CFC Foundation for Family and Life Doing well".
- Padilla, Frank (April 8, 2007). "CFC and GK – 3: At the Crossroads on our Journey of Hope and Joy". Retrieved October 11, 2013.
- CFC Situation : Chronology of Events. "CBCP Letter to the Elders Assembly (June 7, 2007)".
- Philippine Daily Inquirer. Differences in beliefs caused Couples split (Sept. 4, 2007)
- The CFC Situation : Chronology of Events. "Decree of Recognition, Diocese of Antipolo".
- CBCP News Online. "CFC opts to split".
- The CFC Situation : Chronology of Events. "FFL Registration (October 12, 2007)".
- Foundation for Family and Life. "Statutes (July 30, 2007)".
- Foundation for Family and Life Official Documents. "The International CFC FFL Federation". Retrieved 22 Nov 2008.
- Foundation for Family and Life Official Documents. "Pastoral-Governance Structure". Retrieved 22 Nov 2008.