Manila archdiocese accredits apologetics group

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MANILA, Nov. 10, 2014 — The Archdiocese of Manila officially accredited the Catholic Faith Defenders (CFD) – Manila Chapter as a duly recognized organization under the auspices of the archdiocese on Oct. 23 through a letter signed by Manila Auxiliary Bishop Bernardino Cortez, Bishop-in-charge of the Council on Formation.

Members of CFD – Manila attend a talk on "Jesus Christ and Expiation" on Nov. 8, 2014 as part their regular formation at the Archbishop's Palace, Villa San Miguel in Mandaluyong City. (Photo: Masol Santiago

The prelate, who is CFD’s formator, praised the group saying, apologetics or the defense of the Catholic faith is “a noble endeavor” and “presupposes adequate knowledge of the content of the faith in its entirety and the assimilation of the proper disposition for its communication to all men and women.”

The group’s accreditation will be for a period of two years and requires members of CFD to undergo basic and on-going formation under the supervision of the Council on Formation.

“The accreditation presupposes allegiance to Rome and the local Church and its Ordinary. The accreditation and the rite of welcome would not have been possible without it,” said Fr. Carlos Reyes, one of CFD – Manila’s overseers of formation.

According to him, accreditation also means that CFD – Manila enjoys “ecclesiastical approval” and a “mandate which derives from the proper ecclesial authority.”

He added that the said accreditation came only after the archdiocese’s “exhaustive and expert study of the CFD’s current leadership and orientation.”

In an interview with CBCP News, CFD – Manila’s president Robertson Poblete said he plans to focus on the group’s formation.

“Initial plans, formation first, of course. And I am happy because it is the Archdiocese of Manila that will take care of us when it comes to formation,” he added.

CFD – Manila elected the following officers on Aug. 24:

  • President: Robertson T. Poblete, Robertson
  • Vice President: Michael Vincent Suico
  • Secretary: John Vincent Suan
  • Treasurer: Kristoffer Torralba
  • Auditor: Eric Bernardino
  • Business Manager: Chris Alolino and Mary Hao
  • Sgt. and Arms: Rodel Mandia

Other chapters of CFD are present in Cebu and Davao. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz)

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