God: Supreme Being or Imaginary Friend?

A Debate on the Existence of God between a Catholic and an Atheist

This debate from Wednesday, February 12, 2014 matches Catholic Answers apologist and author Trent Horn against Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

Catholic Answers hosted the event to provide an opportunity for a lively yet respectful clash of ideas during which believers and unbelievers would be able to hear the best arguments for and against the existence of God.

The debate was attended by an overflow crowd of about 300, divided evenly between Christians and atheists. This debate includes argument, rebuttal, cross-examination, and an audience-participation question-and-answer session.

 

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How to Respond to the “New Atheism”

How to Respond to the “New Atheism”

Ridicule of religion is the ethos of many modern unbelievers

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In C. S. Lewis’s novel That Hideous Strength there is a scene where the non-religious protagonist, Mark, is instructed as “part of an exercise” to trample an image of a large crucifix. Because Mark is not a Christian, he is puzzled as to why he should bother with this exercise and not just leave this silly superstition alone. The professor who is leading the exercise tells Mark, “Of course it is a superstition: but it is that particular superstition which has pressed upon our society for many centuries. . . . An explicit action in the reverse direction is therefore a necessary step towards complete objectivity” (ch. 15). In other words, if religion is to be purged from society it cannot simply be ignored; it has to be ridiculed.

Lewis’s novel, published in 1945, was set in the future. Nearly seventy years later, that future is our present, and the author’s descriptions of religious ridicule pale in comparison to the current mockeries of Christianity found on the Internet. Yet while the vileness of the ridicule has increased, the attitude embodied by the professor remains the same. The best way to see how Lewis’s fiction has become prophecy is to contrast the “Old Atheism” with what some have called the “New Atheism.”

The “Old Atheism”

Throughout most of the twentieth century, public profession of atheism was synonymous with communism or the endorsement of totalitarianism. In a 1961 episode of The Twilight Zone titled “The Obsolete Man,” a librarian in a police state is executed for the crime of believing in God. Ultimately the librarian (portrayed wonderfully by the late Burgess Meredith) turns the tables on his executioner, but the image of a believer being crushed under the jackboot of totalitarian atheism was, at the time, not mere fiction. In his 1967 memoir,Tortured for Christ, Richard Wurmbrand describes how Soviet guards would tell prisoners, “I thank God in whom I don’t believe. Now I may indulge the evil in my heart” (p. 34).

These horror stories may have something to do with atheism’s low approval ratings. Gallup compared two polls conducted in 1958 and 2012 about people’s unwillingness to elect certain minorities to the U.S. presidency. In 1958, 38 percent were willing to elect an African-American and 18 percent were willing to elect an atheist. In 2012, while 96 percent were willing to elect an African-American, only 54 percent were willing to elect an atheist (Jeffrey Jones, “Atheists, Muslims See Most Bias as Presidential Candidates,” Gallup Polling, June 21, 2012).

Faced with such dismal levels of public approval, atheists felt the need to show believers that they were good people and not amoral communists. Beginning in the 1970s, the philosopher Paul Kurtz promoted what he called “secular humanism,” which focused on promoting human well-being without religion rather than converting people to atheism. Secular humanists even praised religion for its beneficial effects on society.

The Second Humanist Manifesto affirmed, “In the best sense, religion may inspire dedication to the highest ethical ideals.” The Manifesto went on to point out that while religion can hinder society, so can many nonreligious ideologies that are not based on humanism (Paul Kurtz and Edwin H. Wilson, “Humanist Manifesto II,” 1973). But this attitude of congenial disagreement changed for many people on September 11, 2001.

The “New Atheism”

I remember getting ready for school on that fateful day when my dad ran into my bedroom and turned on the television. Because I went to high school in Arizona, the attacks were in progress by the time I woke up. I stared in disbelief as the news replayed over and over again the surreal sight of the World Trade Center collapsing into a pile of dust. How could 19 human beings (the 9/11 hijackers) do something so terrible? The answer from the New Atheists was simple: Religion alone has the power to cause people to do such terrible things.

In 2004 American atheist Sam Harris, after reflecting on the September 11 terrorist attacks, published The End of Faith. In the book, Harris argued that religion is a form of mental illness and not part of a rational worldview. He writes, “[I]t is difficult to imagine a set of beliefs more suggestive of mental illness than those that lie at the heart of many of our religious traditions.” (p. 70). In 2006 British biologist Richard Dawkins went so far as to claim that religious education for children is child abuse: “Even without physical abduction, isn’t it always a form of child abuse to label a child a possessor of beliefs that they are too young to have thought about?” (The God Delusion, p. 354). These books were followed by others, such as Christopher Hitchens’ God Is Not Great and philosopher Daniel Dennett’s Breaking the Spell: Religion as Natural Phenomenon. Before Hitchens died in 2011, these authors were known as the “four horsemen” of the “New Atheism.”

What made these atheists “new” weren’t their arguments against religion but their attitude that religion should be reviled. At the 2012 “Reason Rally,” about 10,000 atheists gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., where Dawkins instructed them regarding Christians: “Mock them, ridicule them in public. . . . Don’t fall for the convention that we’re all too polite to talk about religion” (Lillian Kwon, “Atheists Rally for Reason; Urged to Mock the Religious,” The Christian Post, March 24, 2012).

Ridiculing religion

To be fair, there are atheists who do not see religion as a bad thing and don’t support ridicule as a way to combat it. Atheistic philosopher Walter Sinnott-Armstrong writes, “Like law, science, art, and guns, religion is a powerful tool that can be used for great good as well as for great evil. I have no desire to obstruct the benefits of religion” (William Lane Craig and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, God? A Debate Between a Christian and an Atheist, 82).But other atheists think this “accommodation” is dangerous. Harris writes, “I hope to show that the very ideal of religious tolerance—born of the notion that every human being should be free to believe whatever he wants about God—is one of the principal forces driving us toward the abyss” (The End of Faith, 15).

Most atheists do not want the government to outlaw religious belief, but they do want government to no longer be associated with it. One common tactic is to file lawsuits to ban the display of nativity scenes or crosses on public land. When that strategy fails, some atheists opt for a “heckler’s veto.” In a recent case, the city of Santa Monica had hosted a life-size nativity display in Palisades Park since 1953, which earned it the nickname “City of the Christmas Story.” In 2011, atheist Damon Vix encouraged other atheists to apply for booths in the park so that of the twenty-one available spaces nearly all were reserved for atheist displays dedicated to parodies of religion. These included displays that paid homage to the “Flying Spaghetti Monster” (the deity of the parody religion Pastafarianism) and compared Jesus to Santa Claus and the ancient Greek god Poseidon. The latter display included the sign “37 million Americans know MYTHS when they see one. What myths do you see?”

In response to the controversy, the city of Santa Monica banned all private displays from Palisades Park and the ban has been upheld in Federal Court. Vix later said, “If I had another goal it would be to remove the ‘under God’ phrase from the Pledge of Allegiance—but that’s a little too big for me to take on for right now” (Doug Stanglin, “U.S. judge blocks Nativity displays in Santa Monica” USA Today, Nov. 19, 2012).

Another atheist group that uses the strategy of public ridicule is the American Atheists. They are a national group that sponsors billboards with messages such as “Christianity: Sadistic God; Useless Savior.” When asked about the controversy about the billboards, the group’s president, David Silverman, said, “I respect people; I respect humans. I do not respect religion. And I do not respect the idea that religion deserves respect” (Dan Merica, “Atheist organizer takes ‘movement’ to nation’s capital,” CNN Belief Blog, March 23, 2012).

The Internet: The church of atheism

One popular way atheists ridicule religion is through the use of Internet memes, or ideas that spread through a population like viruses. These are usually ironic oversimplifications of religious doctrines that are designed to make the doctrines look silly. One popular meme depicts Jesus with rotting flesh and glowing red eyes along with the caption, “Christianity: the belief that a cosmic Jewish zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically accept him as your master . . . yeah, makes perfect sense.”

Besides allowing memes spread at an exponential rate, the Internet has provided a community for atheists to interact with one another. Christians have always had community at their churches, but prior to the invention of the Internet atheists could only hope to run into each other in the Nietzsche section of the local used book store. But now atheists’ presence on the Internet dwarfs that of their religious counterparts.

The popular forum website Reddit, which describes itself as the “front page” of the Internet, has various “subreddits” that are devoted to different communities. At the time of this writing, the Catholic “subreddit” has about 5,000 subscribers, the Christian subreddit has about 50,000 subscribers, but the atheism subredditt has more than 1.4 million subscribers. Keep in mind that Catholics make up about 25 percent of the population, non-Catholic Christians make up about 50 percent of the population, but atheists make up only three percent of the population. While some net-savvy Catholics have harnessed the evangelistic power of memes and other internet tools such as blogging, they still have a lot of catching up to do. To quote Mark Twain, “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth has time to put its shoes on.”

Being gentle and blameless

How should Catholics respond to atheist ridicule? First, because critics of the Church sometimes use ridicule does not mean Catholics have a license to do the same. 1 Peter 3:15-16 says, “[B]ut in your hearts reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence;
and keep your conscience clear so that, when you are abused, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. ”

On a recent Catholic Answers Live radio show an atheist caller claimed that the reason I was Catholic was because my mother taught it to me and I blindly accepted what she told me. I corrected the caller gently and told him that my mother is not Catholic and I was in fact a convert to the Catholic Church. He apologized and we continued our discussion over whether or not atheism is true. This is a good example of using charity so that others may “themselves be put to shame” when they defame us.

Watch out for smelly fish

Second, Catholics should be ready to give a well-reasoned answer to the arguments put forward by atheists. Several books and media resources are available to help Catholics answer atheist arguments with objective tools like science and philosophy. My own book on the subject, Answering Atheism, is due out this year. Unfortunately, when some atheists are confronted with thoughtful arguments for the existence of God they will take the low road in discourse and attack our faith instead of attacking the arguments used to defend it.

For example, if you present scientific evidence for God (such as the universe’s beginning in time) an atheist might say, “But what about all the scientists, like Galileo, that the Church has persecuted?” If you present objective moral truths as evidence of an objective moral law-giver an atheist might say, “But what about the Crusades, or the sex-abuse scandals, or the fact that the Bible condones slavery and genocide!”

As you can see, these arguments have nothing to do with the existence of God. Instead, they are designed to lead you away from that topic and keep the debate focused on an irrelevant detail. In logic this type of gambit is a fallacy called a “red herring.” The name comes from the practice of dragging a smelly fish called a herring across a game trail. This was done so that the hunting dogs could practice not being distracted by other scents and instead stay focused on the object of the hunt. You should take a lesson from the dogs and stay focused when people present these red herring arguments. Simply respond, “That may be true, but which premise of my argument for the existence of God do these facts refute? How would these facts show there isn’t a God?”

But along with strong, well-focused arguments, 1 Peter 3:15-16 requires that our defense of the faith must be so charitable that we are beyond reproach if atheists criticize us. The Catechism of the Catholic Church points out that atheists may be less morally responsible for their atheism because they were poorly evangelized by believers. Quoting Gaudium et Spes, the Catechism states:

The imputability of [atheism] can be significantly diminished in virtue of the intentions and the circumstances. “Believers can have more than a little to do with the rise of atheism. To the extent that they are careless about their instruction in the faith, or present its teaching falsely, or even fail in their religious, moral, or social life, they must be said to conceal rather than to reveal the true nature of God and of religion” (CCC 2125).

What not to do

A recent case where Christians concealed rather than revealed God’s love can be found in the recent controversy surrounding high school student Jessica Ahlquist. Ahlquist, who was a student at Cranston West High School in Rhode Island, spoke publicly in favor of removing a 47-year-old banner from the school auditorium that was emblazoned with religious phrases like “Our Heavenly Father” and “Amen.” In 2011 the American Civil Liberty Union, with Ahlquist as plaintiff, sued to have the banner removed. Ultimately the district court ruled in favor of Ahlquist.

Members of the community who supported keeping the banner, many of whom described themselves as Protestant Christians or Catholics, expressed extreme hostility toward Ahlquist, who described herself as an atheist. Three local flower shops refused to deliver flowers that were purchased for her. Police were dispatched to escort Ahlquist between classes because she had received death threats. State Rep.PeterPalumbo called Ahlquist an “evil little thing” in a local radio interview (Abby Goodnough, “Student Faces Town’s Wrath in Protest Against a Prayer,” The New York Times, Jan. 26, 2012).

While it is acceptable to have a civil debate about the constitutionality of prayer in public schools, the bullying of a teenage girl by adult Christians is a sheer embarrassment for the Body of Christ. It should serve as a lesson to follow the words of Jesus when he says, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matt. 5:44-45).

The real enemy

Finally, we should have confidence that the Church will survive attacks from atheists, just as it has survived similar attacks throughout history. During the French Revolution the altar at the historic Notre Dame cathedral was torn down and replaced with an altar dedicated to Liberty. The inscription “To Philosophy” was carved over the massive cathedral doors. But in the next century France would give rise to saints like Thérèse of Lisieux and John Vianney. After World War II, the Communist party gained control of Poland, seized Church property, and imprisoned thousands of priests. But after the Iron Curtain fell the Church began to flourish and now nearly 90 percent of Poland is Catholic.

Jesus said to Peter that the powers of death would not prevail against the Church (Matt. 16:18), and Paul said that no force, natural or supernatural, could ever separate us from the love of God (Rom. 8:38-39). Instead of obsessively worrying about atheist mockery that makes the Church look ridiculous, we should take steps to not become ignorant or offensive Christians who accomplish the same thing. We would do well to remember the immortal words of one Pogo Possum, who said, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Fortunately, if we kill this “enemy,” what we actually kill is what Paul called “the old self” (Col. 3:9), and in dying to this self we will rise with new life in Christ and be able to face any attacks, verbal, physical or spiritual, our critics lob at us.


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After his conversion to the Catholic faith, Trent Horn pursued an undergraduate degree in history from Arizona State University.  He then earned a graduate degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in philosophy from Holy Apostles…

Manila archdiocese accredits apologetics group

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.

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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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‘Idolatry’ myth busted in apologetics class

QUEZON City, Jan. 27, 2015—The Catholic Faith Defenders-Quezon City (CFD-QC) held its first apologetics training class at the Sta. Catalina Convent’s Mother Francisca Formation Hall, Siena College Quezon City, Sunday, Jan. 25, during which they learned the proper context of the Bbiblical prohibition on idolatry, and shared pointers on how to effectively debunk one of the most common Catholic myths of all time—the alleged “worship” of images—citing Scripture.

With at least 60—mostly college students and young professionals—trainees wearing “Pope Francis shirts” attending, CFD-QC Chairman Marwil N. Llasos exhausted the Bible, enumerating the many verses that not only support, but endorse the Catholic practice of the making, as well as the veneration (dulia) of images for religious purpose.

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Catholic Faith Defenders-Quezon City (CFD-QC) hold its first training on Jan. 25, 2015 at the Sta. Catalina Convent’s Mother Francisca Formation Hall, Siena College Quezon City. (Photo: Raymond A. Sebastián)

A lawyer, Llasos warned against the danger of individual private interpretation, stressing how taking a book as ancient and as complicated as the Bible “too literally” and out of its context have led many to have biases against the Catholic Church.

In doing this, the chairman provided the correct historical and cultural background of verses “Bible-alone” anti-Catholics use to malign the Church Jesus founded.

An open forum followed the lecture, where questions related to the topic were raised and answered.

The first-ever CFD Quezon City Catholic apologetics training session was consecrated to Mary, Untier of Knots, the favorite Marian title of Pope Francis who visited the Philippines recently.

Llasos entrusted CFD Quezon City to the “maternal protection of her who unties the knots of evil, sin, malice and all kinds of persecution and difficulty.”

He said, “Before the mighty name of Mary, Untier of Knots, the forces of Satan tremble: ‘O loving Mother, before your mighty name the forces of Satan tremble. You are the lily of eternal valleys, the sure path. Fill us with your love, take us into your comforting and loving arms, let the light of your face shine upon us.”(Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)

 

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CFD Manila eyes ‘balance’ between knowledge, faith

 

MANILA, Nov. 16, 2014—His group’s status finally becoming official, the newly elected head of the Catholic Faith Defenders (CFD) Manila vows to make his leadership a model of balance and sobriety in defence of the faith.

In a recent interview, Robertson T. Poblete told CBCPNews that as CFD Manila’s first ever president, his approach to apologetics aims to strike a balance between knowledge and spirituality.

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John Vincent Suan, CFD Manila secretary and Robertson T. Poblete, CFD Manila president with then Manila Auxiliary Bishop, now Infanta Bishop Bernardino Cortez (Photo: CFD Manila)

Effective evangelizers

“There will be a golden mean between knowledge and spirituality, as well as between apologetics and evangelization,” he said.

Poblete shared he will work, not only towards making CFD members capable of responding to false anti-Catholic accusations, but more importantly, making effective evangelizers who can invite others back to Christ and the Church He founded.

“I intend to lead CFD Manila to a path that upholds the faith in such a way that is not damaging to that same faith,” he explained.

Poblete expressed regrets that there are well-meaning Catholic apologists who, while firm in defending Catholicism, unconsciously cause more harm to the faith they are supposed to defend due to their less-than-charitable style.

In order to reverse this, the president stresses the formation of CFD Manila members both doctrinally and spiritually.

“It’s important that CFD Manila members are not only knowleagable apologists who are able to explain the faith, but more so, ones who are mature spiritually,” he added.

Allegiance to the Church

According to Poblete, his group takes pride in having some of the Philippines’ top Catholic apologists helping in their formation: lawyer Marwil N. Llasos of the Company of Saint Dominic (CSD), Fr. John Barro, and Fr. Carlos V. Reyes, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s Episcopal Commission on Interreligious Dialogue (ECID).

CFD Manila was formally received into the Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) family Sunday, Nov. 9, the “Feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran” at Villa San Miguel, Mandaluyong City.

It had earlier been granted archdiocesan approval by then RCAM Auxilliary Bishop Bernardino Cortez who heads the Council on Formation.

Reyes stated CFD Manila’s accreditation presupposes its allegiance to Rome, the local Church and its Ordinary.

“The accreditation and the rite of welcome would not have been possible without it. Furthermore, the accreditation means that CFD Manila enjoys ecclesiastical approval and mandate which derives from the proper ecclesial authority, RCAM, the only authority in the Archdiocese that is able to grant such approval and mandate, after a thorough, exhaustive and expert study of the CFD’s current leadership and orientation,” he added. (Raymond A. Sebastián)

 

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PROMINENT CATHOLIC APOLOGISTS DISCUSS THE PAPACY

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Know the Truth host ATTY. MARWIL N. LLASOS, OP journalist BRO. JUN BALAGUERdiscuss the issues on the Papacy as part of program’s special episode on the Papal Visit 2015.

The host and guest shared their experience during the previous papal visits of Pope St. John Paul II. They also expressed their excitement over the forthcoming visit to the country of the reigning pontiff Pope Francis. They discussed the meaning and nature of the Pope’s “apostolic visit.”

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Bro. Jun Balaguer and Atty. Marwil Llasos at the set of Know the Truth

Bro. Jun Balaguer stressed the truth that the Pope is the only religious leader appointed by God Himself. Both the guest and the host underscore the Pope’s power and influence as spiritual leader in the world today.

Bro. Jun Balaguer situated the institution of the Papacy in the history of salvation. He also discussed the Biblical basis for the Papacy, the Petrine ministry and succession as well as Papal supremacy. All the issues on the Papacy have been answered by Atty. Marwil Llasos and Bro. Jun Balaguer. The episode is a wonderful catechesis on the Papacy.

 

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Bro. Jun Balaguer and Atty. Marwil Llasos discusses the Papacy

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CATHOLIC FAITH DEFENDERS OF QUEZON CITY INITIATED

CATHOLIC FAITH DEFENDERS OF QUEZON CITY INITIATED

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DECEMBER 28, 2014 – ATTY. MARWIL N. LLASOS, OP initiated the formation of theQUEZON CITY CHAPTER of CATHOLIC FAITH DEFENDERS (CFD) on the Feast of the Holy Family (first Sunday after Christmas) and also the Feast of the Holy Innocents. The date is very significant because the new CFD Chapter has the distinct charism of defending and protecting traditional Catholic and Filipino family values as well as the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. Incidentally, the date is the 39th birthday of Atty. Marwil Llasos and the 10th sacerdotal anniversary of REV. FR. ABRAHAM P. ARGANIOSA, the honorary national adviser of CFD.

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CFD Coordinator for Luzon Atty. Marwil N. Llasos explains the rationale for the initiation of CFD Quezon City Chapter

The initial meeting of CFD QC was held from 1:00 in the afternoon at Mother Francisca Formation Hall, Sta. Catalina Convent, Siena College Quezon City. Atty. Marwil Llasos is a faculty member of Siena College Quezon City.

The meeting started with the praying of the Holy Rosary. It was followed by the introduction of the attendees which numbered around 50. They mentioned their involvement in Church ministries and their background in Catholic apologetics. Members of the Children of Light Catholic Community as well as the production staff of Know the Truthheaded by Bro. Peter Gracia III attended the meeting.

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Know the Truth producer Bro. Peter Garcia III attends the initial meeting of CFD Quezon City

Thereafter, Atty. Marwil Llasos mentioned the rationale for the initiation of a Quezon City Chapter of CFD. As a long-time member of CFD, having been the Legal Adviser of CFD-Davao and the duly-authorized Coordinator of CFD for Luzon, Atty. Llasos helped in the initiation of CFD Chapters in Nueva Ecija, Tarlac and Bulacan. The CFD National Office, through the CFD National President Engr. Ramon M. Gitamondoc, appointed Atty. Llasos as “coordinator and trainor in the field of apologetics” for Luzon. The CFD National Office fully gave him the “right and authority to initiate, form and organize Chapters as well as to train, form and organize fellow workers for promoting the Bible apostolate in all types of organizations, Church-based or otherwise.” He is “required to submit all names of all members who have undergone proper training and make a timely report on all significant activities and seminars through the Catholic Faith Defenders Inc. National Office.”

Pursuant to the said mandate, and in obedience to the leadership of CFD National Office, Atty. Marwil Llasos organized the Quezon City Chapter of CFD with the assistance of Mr. Manuel Protacio, CFD National Board Member and the blessing of Fr. Abe Arganiosa, the honorary national adviser of CFD.

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Bro. Hendrick Albina mentions his involvement in Catholic apologetics

Atty. Marwil Llasos explained the aim of the CFD to organize as many chapters in the country, in all dioceses if possible. The CFD is a lay-initiated and lay-run organization and movement. It holds a mandate from HIS GRACE ARCHBISHOP JOSE S. PALMA, DD of the Archdiocese of Cebu and the guidance and direction of REV. FR. LUCAS INOC of the same Archdiocese. The CFD has its own Constitution and By-Laws as a non-stock, non-profit corporation duly incorporated and registered with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission. The initiation of CFD Quezon City Chapter is the response of the youth of Quezon City to the challenges and responsibilities posed by the Year of the Laity.

In his talk, Atty. Marwil Llasos stated that CFD Quezon City must have the distinct flavor of being pro-life. He recalled that the Reproductive Health Law (RH Law) was passed in the Philippine Congress in Batasan which is within the territory of Quezon City. The City Council was also the first to pass a Reproductive Health Ordinance in the country. Ordinances favoring same-sex unions in the city have already been proposed. Hence, CFD Quezon City must take up the cudgels for family and life.

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PMA Cadet John Raven Bernarte introduces himself

Atty. Marwil Llasos likewise expressed the long-time dream of CFD National to establish a Chapter right in the very territory of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC). The INC’s central headquarters is located in Diliman, Quezon City. With the establishment of CFD Quezon City, there is now a CFD Chapter right in the backyard of the INC. Atty. Llasos also mentioned that the Diocese of Novaliches is building the Shrine for the Youth (in Christ the King Parish) just beside the mammoth chapel of the Iglesia ni Cristo in Commonwealth, Quezon City. The Quezon City Chapter of CFD aims to counter the active proselytization of the INC in the Dioceses of Cubao and Novaliches.

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Mr. Manuel Protacio, CFD National Board Member gives an orientation during the initial meeting of CFD Quezon City

Mr. Manuel Protacio, CFD National Board Member gave an orientation on apologetics to the attendees of the initial meeting. He shared tips on how best to answer the questions of non-Catholics (cf. 1 Pt. 3:15). He conveyed the appreciation of the CFD National for the establishment of a new CFD Chapter in Metro Manila.

Thereafter, the Quezon City Chapter of the CFD was officially initiated with the selection ofad interim officers through consensus. As CFD Coordinator, Atty. Marwil Llasos was tasked to serve as Chairman of the new Chapter pending the regular election of the set of officers based on the Constitution and By-Laws of the CFD. Other officers were likewise selected by consensus. The officers are residents of either Cubao or Novaliches. The membership is open only for residents of the two dioceses comprising Quezon City although apologetics training, seminar and formation are available to residents of other areas to train them as leaders of the Chapter soon to be established in their locality.

The initial meeting of CFD Quezon City was concluded with the singing of the Salve Reginain honor of the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila, the canonically-crowned patroness of Quezon City.

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Bro. Rolando Dugenia a Baptist decided to be Baptized in the Catholic Church

Bro. Rolando Dugenia a Baptist in religious affiallation decided to be Baptized in the Catholic Church after serious investagation of the Church History he found out that the Catholic Church is the Church of history who can trace up its root from our time to the time of Jesus he discovered that the Baptist Church not founded by Jesus but founded by John Smith In netherland in 1600 personaly he ask me to be Baptized by the Ordained Priest of the Catholic Church therefore we decided to Visit Rev.Father Jimmy Duero Parish Priest of our Lady of Fatima,Posok Lapulapu City for the Proper Process in order to receive by the Catholic Church through the Sacrament of Baptism while Bro. Rolando is also under the Doctrination of the 31 Doctrines conducted by the representatative of the ministry of pastors converted to the Catholic Church in the phils thanks so much for your prayers
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CATHOLIC PRIEST TURNED BAPTIST PASTOR ANTHONY PEZZOTTA RECEIVED THE LAST RITES BEFORE HE DIED

CATHOLIC PRIEST TURNED BAPTIST PASTOR ANTHONY PEZZOTTA RECEIVED THE LAST RITES BEFORE HE DIED

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Fr. Anthony Pezzotta, SDB as a young priest

Remember Anthony Pezzotta? He was a Catholic priest from the Salesian of Don Bosco (SDB) who left the priesthood and became a pastor. He wrote an anti-Catholic book Truth Encounter. I had the occasion to refute Chapter 11 of his book.[1] As a Baptist pastor, Anthony Pezzotta debated Catholic apologists like James Akin. Had I been given the chance, I also wanted to debate him. But I couldn’t do that anymore. The guy is dead.

But something happened before he died on March 26, 2014. He received the last rites from a Catholic priest! That’s right. He was given the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick byRev. James Jackson, FSSP. The incident was reported by Fr. Jackson in the parish bulletin of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church (March 30, 2014):

“A kind and zealous lady who works at Cherrelyn Nursing home called me on Wednesday afternoon asking if I could come over to give extreme unction to an old gentleman who was dying and had requested it. She said he had been out of the Church for a long time, and might be more familiar with the traditional rite than the new one. Right before I anointed him she mentioned that he was a priest who had married a Filipino lady outside the Church, and became a Baptist missionary to the Philippines. He was ordained for the Salesians in 1961, and apostatized in 1974, then studied here in town at Denver seminary. He has published many books against the Catholic Faith and is rather famous. At the 11th hour he returned. Do pray for him. His books are distorted and false, and will continue to do damage long after his death.” [2]

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The priest anointed Fr. Pezzotta (yes, despite his apostasy, Fr. Pezzotta remains a priest forever!). He was suffering from severe dementia. A traditional priest from the Vatican-approved Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, the priest used the rite in the 1962 liturgical books. When the priest anointed Fr. Pezzotta’s eyes, he closed them and opened after the oil was put on them. When the priest was about to anoint his hands, Fr. Pezzotta opened them.

Thus, it could be asked: Was this cooperation a reversion to the Faith? Or was it some remote or rote memory kicking into gear? Only God can judge. Like the priest who anointed Fr. Pezzotta, I would like to take Fr. Pezzotta’s movement as a sign of God’s mercy.

The priest who anointed Fr. Pezzotta was threatened by a lawsuit by Fr. Pezzotta’s family but none has been filed so far. And Fr. James Jackson doesn’t care a bit. For him, a man was dying who was baptized Catholic. He was called and went immediately. If given the chance, he would do it again. He had a right to that sacrament by virtue of his baptism. Such a pastoral heart of Fr. James Jackson! Truly a priest after the High Priest’s own heart!

I ask my readers to pray for the eternal repose of Fr. Anthony Pezzotta who we hope returned at the 11th hour – truly a testament to the reconciling love and mercy of the Father. I also ask everyone to pray for Fr. James Jackson’s ministry. May God’s Church be blessed by more priests like Fr. Jackson. And may God lead to repentance and conversion priests like Fr. Pezzotta. Jesus, King of Mercy, we trust in you!

Truth Encounter CATHOLIC PRIEST TURNED BAPTIST PASTOR ANTHONY PEZZOTTA RECEIVED THE LAST RITES BEFORE HE DIED

The anti-Catholic book authored by Anthony Pezzotta as a Baptist pastor will continue to do damage long after his death. May God have mercy on his soul!

 

 

[1]https://www.academia.edu/4167335/THE_TRUTH_ABOUT_MARY_A_REFUTATION_OF_DR._ANTHONY_PEZZOTTA

[2]http://www.olmcfssp.org/cms/images/uploads/OLMC_3.30_.14_.pdf

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