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THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
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RE-EVANGELIZATION OF THE PHILIPPINES
We are facing exciting times in the life and mission of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. By extension, since the Philippines has a prophetic calling to be a light in Asia and even to the world, what happens in this nation will have a big impact on what happens in the world.
Our nation received its Christian faith from Spain. Ironically, that nation, plus all the other Christian nations that God used to spread the faith throughout the world, are becoming more and more secular and humanist. The foundational aspects crucial to the faith, that of family and life, are severely threatened.
The Philippines, even though still considered a strongly religious nation, is threatened as well by the dark forces that are engulfing the world. While the churches are packed, only 18% of all Catholics regularly go to Church on Sundays. While divorce and abortion are not legal, more and more Catholics are separating, aborting and contracepting. While society is still fairly conservative, premarital and extramarital sex are becoming widespread, and there is increasing homosexual activity.
Today the dark forces are marshaling their strength for a final push against the culture of life and against the Roman Catholic Church. These are powerful forces, such as the US government under President Obama, the European Union, elements of the United Nations, billionaire philanthropists, liberal media, homosexualist and radical feminist forces, etc. Given the position of our nation as still a bastion of Christianity, of traditional family and of the culture of life, the Philippines is a major target.
We need to prepare for the onslaught of the tsunami of evil upon our land. This is especially critical since the enemy is already within the Church, whether these are increasingly liberal Catholic educational institutions, feminist nuns, Catholic politicians promoting reproductive health, dissident theologians, etc. But more importantly, we need to prepare to fulfill our destiny as God’s light to the world.
LCSC is our proposal for the re-evangelization of the Philippines, leading up to the celebration of 500 years of Christianity in 2021.