Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life

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CFC FFL
LogoFFL.jpg
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
Servant-General
Francisco Padilla
Website www.cfcffl.net

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), it is led by one of the first sixteen couples of Couples for Christ - Frank Padilla. It is recognized in various archdioceses and dioceses around the Philippines and has a number of international affiliations.[1]

History[edit]

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,"[2] 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 dialogue with the Easter Group.[3] 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,[4] 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[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] 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.

Organization[edit]

According to CFC FFL statutes,[8] 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.[9]

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 CFC Kids for Family and Life,[10] CFC Youth for Family and Life,[11] CFC Singles for Family and Life[12] (for unmarried adults below the age of 40), CFC Handmaids for Family and Life (for women above 40), and CFC Servants for Family and Life (for men above 40).[13]

In 2012, as a response to the call to New Evangelization, CFC FFL started the Live Christ, Share Christ Movement (LCSC)[14] whose goal in to mainstream Catholic lay evangelization. The pillars of LCSC are the Live Pure Movement,[15] Live Life,[16] No One In Need Movement and the Liturgical Bible Study.[17]

International[edit]

CFC FFL Canada
Motto Renewing the Family and Defending Life
Type Catholic charismatic group
Headquarters 2250 Midland Avenue, Unit 7
Location
Website www.cfcfflcanada.org/

Canada[edit]

CFC FFL operates a Canadian branch sanctioned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto. It is located in Scarborough, an eastern end of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The ministries serve Catholics around British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario with the majority residing in the Greater Toronto Area such as Brampton, Hamilton, Mississauga, Markham, and a few others.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ CBCP News Online. "CFC Foundation for Family and Life Doing well". 
  2. ^ Padilla, Frank (April 8, 2007). "CFC and GK – 3: At the Crossroads on our Journey of Hope and Joy" (PDF). Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ CFC Situation : Chronology of Events. "CBCP Letter to the Elders Assembly (June 7, 2007)" (PDF). 
  4. ^ Philippine Daily Inquirer. Differences in beliefs caused Couples split (Sept. 4, 2007)
  5. ^ The CFC Situation : Chronology of Events. "Decree of Recognition, Diocese of Antipolo" (PDF). 
  6. ^ CBCP News Online. "CFC opts to split". 
  7. ^ The CFC Situation : Chronology of Events. "FFL Registration (October 12, 2007)" (PDF). 
  8. ^ Foundation for Family and Life. "Statutes (July 30, 2007)". 
  9. ^ Foundation for Family and Life Official Documents. "The International CFC FFL Federation" (PDF). Retrieved 22 Nov 2008. 
  10. ^ "CFC Kids for Family and Life". CFC Kids for Family and Life. Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  11. ^ "CFC YFL – Young. Catholic. Missionary.". cfcyfl.org. Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  12. ^ "CFC Singles for Family and Life". CFC Singles for Family and Life. Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  13. ^ Foundation for Family and Life Official Documents. "Pastoral-Governance Structure" (PDF). Retrieved 22 Nov 2008. 
  14. ^ "Pastoral Exhortation on the Era of New Evangelization: LIVE CHRIST, SHARE CHRIST | Live Christ, Share Christ". livechristsharechrist.net. Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  15. ^ "Live Pure Movement". livepuremovement.org. Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  16. ^ "Family and Life Update". Family and Life Update. Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  17. ^ "Liturgical Bible Study". Liturgical Bible Study. Retrieved 2016-10-16. 

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