38th CFD National Convention Part 2

Bro. G-one Paisones and Dr. Rey Entila

 

 

Atty Mike Abas of Dipolog City, Bro Wendell Talibong of Ozamiz city, me and Atty Marwil Llasos of Manila — with Marwil Nacor Llasos.

 

Bro Soc w bro G-one d administrator of CFD official website.

 

With our Cfd legend bro Socrates Fernandez and bro Jub

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

38th CFD National Convention Part 1

 CFD National Board of Governors.
Atty. Marwil Nacor Llasos and Bro. G-one Paisones
Bro. Wendell Talibong; Fr. Abe Arganiosa and Atty. Marwil Nacor Llasos
Atty. Mike Abas and Bro Wendell
Bro. Wendell together with Bro Paul Alima ex-pastor of Jehovah’s Witness….

Welcome and Mabuhay to 38th Annual Convention of Catholic Faith Defenders National

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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.

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.

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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CATHOLIC FAITH DEFENDERS OF QUEZON CITY INITIATED

CATHOLIC FAITH DEFENDERS OF QUEZON CITY INITIATED

PRO DEO ET ECCLESIA: Catholic Faith Defenders (CFD) Quezon City Chapter in full force

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Bro. Hendrick Albina mentions his involvement in Catholic apologetics

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.

PMA Cadet John Raven Bernarte introduces himself

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.

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 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.

PRO DEO ET ECCLESIA

CFD National invites all interested to join the National Convention 2015 @ Davao City

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Open Invitation to ALL CATHOLICS

What: 38th Catholic Faith Defenders, Annual National Convention Where: Davao City When: May 23-24, 2015

Venue: University of Southeastern Philippines, Social Hall Theme: Modernism: A New Challenge of the Church today

Registration Fee: P500 (Inclusion of Food for 2 days) Early Bird Registration February: P350

For those who are not from Davao City but would want to join the Convention you may send your registration fee at the following accounts:

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Catholic Faith Defenders, Inc. Will be Evangelizing Abroad!

Catholic Faith Defenders, Inc. Will be Evangelizing Abroad!

By Bro: G-one Tampipi Paisones

 

Below is my letter to the board of governors and their reply regarding to the expansion of Catholic Faith Defenders in Abroad!

22 hours ago
January 8, 2015

BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Catholic Faith Defenders, Inc.
Philippines

Dear Brothers:

Pursuant to the mandate of our constitutions and by-laws that we should proclaim the true message of Christ by evangelizing the Catholic towards its Biblical teaching by establishing Catholic Faith Defenders in every parishes (Mat. 28:19-20); I am reporting to you that Brother Victory Feria had been organized CFD in abroad. Hence, He wanted to register and join the CFD National here in the Philippines.
Brother Victory Feria is based in Chicago USA; he is one of the few people who give us monetary aid so that we can maintain our websites from various forms of spam massages (Link: http://catholicfaithdefenders.com/donations). In addition to that; he will also serves as my co active-administrator in posting apologetics; doctrinal subjects; moral issues and articles pertaining to the Church as bride of Christ.
Furthermore brother Victory had been able to begin in establishing Catholic Faith Defenders in USA. He is very willing to undergo screening and other interviews so that CFD National will acknowledge CFD Chicago Chapter. Glory to God! Catholic Faith Defenders, Inc. is now an International organization.
For further information and contact him personally; please call me in my mobile number 09061810937; or just reply to this message.

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!


G-ONE T. PAISONES
CFD Website Chief Administrator
catholicfaithdefenders.com
Ryan R. Mejillano

Copy G-one. Akoni will also soon organize Australia based CFD. Let’s pray for it. Fr Abe had already organized Missouri Chapter. Teewe had lots of fans in Middle East and follows his posts by OFWs. Let’s call to arms our defense for the Holy Mother Church. (“,)
20 hours ago
Abe Arganiosa

PRAISE THE LORD. SOON CFD UGANDA SHALL RISE.
Ryan R. Mejillano

Jose Gonzalo M. Ditching

Wow! Praise God for this.
19 hours ago
Victor Adams

Very happy to join the group. Hello from Chicago!
Ryan R. Mejillano

hello victor.
Septofel Apurado

11 hours ago
AMEN!!!
5 hours ago
Victor Adams

Victor Adams

My card.
Victor Adams

Who are the contacts in Missouri?
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From Mary-hater to Marian devotee: A Protestant pastor turns Catholic

From Mary-hater to Marian devotee: A Protestant pastor turns Catholic

Link: http://www.cbcpnews.com/cbcpnews/?p=48534

MANILA, Dec. 5, 2015—A news post by ABS-CBN dated Nov. 14 claims a growing number of Filipino Catholics toy with the idea of leaving the Church, that is, if they have not already done so.

Citing a survey made by Social Weather Station (SWS) in April 2013, which shows that as many as 9.2 percent of Filipinos, or one out of 11, reporter Gigi Grande echoes the sentiment of Jesuit priest Fr. Joel Tabora that that the Church in the Philippines is “in trouble”.

Former Protestant Pastor Noe Dora (left) tells his conversion story to Know The Truth host Marwil N. Llasos. (Photo: Raymond A. Sebastián)

What Grande has failed to report —  if only for sake of fairness — is that while there may indeed be an exodus of the faithful into either one of the tens of thousands of Christian and semi-Christian movements sprouting here and there over the last few decades, or who simply forsake organized religion altogether, there is a brighter, more hopeful side to the story — the conversions of non-Catholics to the Roman Catholic faith, often unreported in media.

Statue-smasher

If hundreds or even thousands of Catholics, many of whom Catholics only by name, bid their Church goodbye, then the reverse is just as true: non-Catholics are entering the Roman Catholic Church to get baptized, one of them is Brother Noe Dora of Cebu whose story, simply put, is one for the books.

Dora, who credits the Blessed Virgin for his conversion, is no ordinary convert who had “issues” with the Catholic Church.

According to him, he was a cradle Protestant preacher who has found the Truth after years of intensive study and discernment. Raised in a devoutly Protestant family, he loathed anything “popish,” that is, Catholic. From his father, he learned how to break statues of Catholic saints into pieces, considering them “idols,” and held anything “Roman” in contempt.

He had finished his ministry studies at the Asia Pacific Bible Seminary in Cebu City where he also spent 15 years as pastor and was founding president of the Pure Gospel of Jesus Christ International Ministries, Inc.

Loving Jesus’ Mother

For five years before his baptism in 2007 by no less than then Cebu Auxilliary Bishop Joselito Cortes who now oversees the Diocese of Dumaguete, Dora was secretly devouring various books, researching on the True Church Christ founded, and came to the conclusion that it’s none other than the One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church.

He credits the Blessed Virgin as well as the Divine Mercy for giving him the courage and the understanding to finally cross the Tiber. Noe wondered, “If Protestants profess to really love Christ, how come they refuse to accept the Woman who gave Him birth? Why do they keep maligning her?”

To which he himself gave the answer: “A love for Jesus cannot be complete without a love for His mother.”

Dora also lauded the beauty and majesty of Catholic prayers. Before his conversion, he shared he was big on the “personal-relationship-with-God” thing, and therefore could not bring himself to pray for the salvation of other people.

The Divine Mercy changed that.

Quoting a part of a prayer St. Faustina Kowalska recorded in her diary, Dora declared: “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and the whole world.”

Persecution from family, friends

His path to Catholicism, as one would expect, came with a price.

Like John Henry Cardinal Newman, J. R. R. Tolkien, Edith Stein, Charles Dawson and so many other converts before him, renowned and obscure alike, “Pastor” Noe had to deal with persecution, mainly from “disgruntled” kin and followers.

Fellow pastors accused him of receiving money from Catholic authorities. As a founder of his own church, the erstwhile pastor led a comfortable enough life. After his conversion which also meant the loss of his job, he had to make do with living in a humble hut, planting root crops to survive.

Visiting him once in his “bahay-kubo” on the countryside, the pastors only saw, much to their embarrassment, the Cross Dora had to bear for his new-found faith.

He was poor, penniless.

‘Converted pastors’

Unsurprisingly also, his own family practically disowned him as soon as word of his “betrayal” reached them. By his own admission, his father was a “church planter” and veteran debater, who groomed him into becoming his successor. One could only imagine the shock of the Elder Dora on learning that Little Noe had espoused the “Whore of Babylon”.

Despite the trials he had to go through, Dora said he is happy because he knows he made the right choice.

By a twist of fate—or more correctly, by the power of the Holy Spirit—his whole household, including his “Catholic basher” of a father, impressed by his courageous witness, took the road to Rome.

Today, Dora, now “Brother Noe,” heads the Association of Pastors Converted to the Catholic Church of the Philippines, a group that prides itself for having a  membership of over a hundred formerly anti-Catholic Protestant preachers.

To visit the group’s page, click https://www.facebook.com/convertedpastors. Noe tours the country giving testimonies of his conversion in different Churches.

On Jan. 31, he is scheduled to give a talk to the Children of Light (COL) Charismatic Community from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 851 Oroquieta St., Santa Cruz, Manila where he will discuss the “Biblical and Historical Reasons behind His Conversion to the Catholic Faith”.

Dora’s full televised interview with Catholic lay preacher and lawyer Marwil N. Llasos on the apologetics program “Know The Truth,” is set to be aired soon over TV María. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)