Dahil naging CFD-Manila president ako, pinadalhan ako ni Fr. Carlos Reyes – CFD-Manila Spiritual Director – ng invitation para sa interfaith dialogue..
Hindi yun yung first time na pumunta ako sa isang Buddhist Temple. Kasi noon nagpunta na kami sa iba’t ibang templo ng iba’t ibang relihiyon sa subject namin sa Philosophy na Philosophy of Religion. Pero yun yung first time ko na pumunta ako sa Buddhist Temple para dumalo ng Interfaith Forum kasam ang isang pari.
Kung anong nangyari doon eto…
PASAY City, Oct. 13, 2014 — Recognizing shared avenues for collaboration and dialogue, some 150 religious leaders from the major world faiths and members of civil society formed the Council of Religious Leaders on Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Fo Guang Shan Mabuhay Temple in Pasay City.
Calling it the “way forward”, Episcopal Commission on Inter-religious Dialogue (ECID) executive secretary Fr. Carlos Reyes said the Council of Religious Leaders, which gathers representatives from the Catholic Church, Islam, Buddhists, the Hindus, among others, will be a council of various religious denominations that will not just spearhead projects and initiatives based on common values, but will form collective statements on socio-political issues like ecology and good governance on an “institutional” level.
“As religionists, we have a spiritual duty to counter the hijacking of religion…Religion fosters peace, unity, justice and harmony. As religionists, we have a spiritual duty to contribute positively to culture and society, not only what we can do unilaterally but also what we can do united,” Reyes said in his opening message.
The proposed structure of the said council will have various committees for good governance, ecology, justice and peace, disaster relief, and conflict resolution. It will have a secretariat, which temporarily finds an office in the Asian Conference of Religions for Peace – Philippines (ACRP) under the leadership of Dean Lilian Sison, its secretary general.
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) secretary general Fr. Marvin Mejia, who was present at the event, praised the move as a step towards the pastoral recommendations of Vatican II on ecumenism, which he lamented have largely remained just “paper”, for the Church in the Philippines.
“[The experience of inter-religious dialogue] has to go down…1965 was Vatican II.. Fifty years after, it’s still a paper in the sense that communities are not experiencing this dialogue, this sense of harmony,” Meijia said, expressing the hope that people of different faiths can come together even at the grassroots level.
The formation of the Council was preceded by an inter-faith forum which focused on “The Positive Role of Religion on Culture and Society.” Dr. Michael Lao of Buddha’s Light International Association gave a short presentation on Buddhism; Dean Julkipli Wadi of the UP Institute of Islamic Studies talked about Islam; and University of Sto. Tomas assistant professor Val Brillo presented the Catholic faith.
Invited to the event as guests were representatives from the apologist group Catholic Faith Defenders – Manila, Robertson Poblete, Masol Santiago, Mary Hao, Eric Bernardino and Danilo Lampano. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz)
After ko umatend sa Interfaith Dialogue with the CFD-Manila Spiritual Director Fr. Carlos Reyes, narealize ko na yung mga Katolikong nagtatanggol ng Vatican II…
Ang ipinagtatanggol lang pala nilang Ecumenism at Interfaith Dialogue ay yung nasa mga DOCUMENTO NG VATICAN II.
Kasi, kapag nakikipag-dialogue ang pari (at sumama ang layko) may PRE-CONCEIVED idea na agad sila na yung ECUMENISM at INTERFAITH DIALOGUE na ginawa nung pari (na sinamahan ng layko) e FALSE.
Dati madalas akong napagkakamalang Anti-Vatican II. At maraming nagpapaliwanag sa akin ng tungkol sa Ecumenism at Interfaith Dialogue.
Kaso nung umatend kami ng Interfaith Dialogue, ang naging takot naman nila e baka nako-compromise namin bilang apologetics group ang pananampalataya. Ibig sabihin, false ecumenism agad ang pumasok sa isip nila nung nagpunta kami doon.
To be honest, before ako sumama kay Fr. Caloy sa Intefaith Dialogue, I was expecting na hindi siya magsasalita about Jesus and the Catholic Faith sa dialogue therefore walang evangalization.
But to my surprise, Fr. Carlos and Prof. Val Brillo proclaimed Jesus in the Buddhist Temple right in front of more or less one hundred leaders of different religions. Pero walang sumalungat.
Being in apologetics (at bilang Presidente ng CFD-Manila), nasanay ako na kapag nagsalita ako tungkol sa Panginoong Jesus at sa pananampalatayang Katoliko, laging may sumasalungat na “patunayan mo nga sa akin yang sinasabi mo”.
Pero sa nakita kong ginawa ni Fr. Caloy, he made me realize na malaki ang advantage na kaibigan mo na yung mga kausap mo bago mo i-proclaim si Jesus.
At ibang level ang Interfaith Dialogue. Kasi ang mga kausap mo e hindi mga miyembrong mahilig makipagbastusan at makipag-murahan na ang alam lang e mag-edit ng pictures. Ang mga kausap mo sa INTERFAITH DIALOGUE ay RELIGIOUS LEADERS.
Buti na lang si Fr. Caloy at Prof. Val ang kasama namin doon sa dialogue. Kasi kung iba yun, malamang false ecumenism ang ginawa. Hehe.
Pagkatapos ng event, sinundan pa ng series of talks from Fr. Caloy himself along with his friends Prof. Philip Fuentes and Prof. Val Brillo.
After that event malaki ang ipinagbago ng pananaw ko sa Interfaith Dialogue at Ecumenism.
Iba kasi talaga kapag ang nagtuturo sa iyo e hindi lang sa salita, pati sa gawa.
May GUIDELINES pala kasi ang Ecumenism at Dialogue. At sinusunod yun ni Fr.Caloy
PARA MAALIS YANG PRE-CONCEIVED IDEA NA FALSE ECUMENISM LAGI ANG NANGYAYARI WHY NOT TRY TO ATTEND THE FORMATION NA IBINIBIGAY NI FR. CALOY SA CFD-MANILA?
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