Could this book prevent Catholics from leaving the Church? find how
Bishops and Catholic converts are praising the recently published apologetics book “Ang Simbahang Itinatag ni Jesucristo” for presenting evidence that the Catholic Church truly comes from God, which could prevent Filipino Catholics from abandoning the faith.
“In its pages, the reader will understand convincingly why the Catholic Church is the true Church founded by Jesus Christ,” Bishop Buenaventura Famadico de San Pablo said.
He lamented the “significant increase” in the number of Catholics leaving the Church, noting how the book can help address this.
According to a 2013 Social Weather Survey, 1 in 11 Filipino Catholics, or 9.2%, have considered leaving the Church.
Of the other religious denominations, Catholics also consider themselves the least religious and the least active in weekly services.
The Bishop added, “This book (‘Ang Simbahang Itinatag ni Jesucristo’) can decisively help reduce the bleeding by empowering our lay faithful through doctrinal formation.”
Historical data, Bible verses
According to Famadico, with nearly 400 footnotes, well-researched historical data and biblical passages, Fr. Agustin Florentino’s Book of Apologetics systematically shows how different the Catholic Church is from the thousands of other churches or sects that claim to be the “one true church”.
In easy-to-understand language, the book clarifies hotly contested questions about the divine motherhood of Mary, the divinity of Jesus, and the use of statues.
Famadico also commends the way the book responds to these points “chronologically through a brief history of the Councils.”
For other bishops, the publication of the book, released during the celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the country, could not be more timely.
“This book is a good companion as we celebrate the five hundredth anniversary of the first mass and first baptism on our islands. Good reading ! said Bishop Socrates Villegas de Lingayen-Dagupan and former president of the episcopal conference.
Meanwhile, converts to Catholicism call it the “good book” for seekers of truth.
“Simbahang Itinatag ni Jesucristo is the right book for those who seek the true Church. It is not only for non-Catholics but also for Catholics who want to deepen their knowledge of the beauty of the Faith,” said John Rey Lumagui, former member of Iglesia ni Cristo and president of Catholic Faith Defenders—Cavite. .
A complete guide
Meanwhile, for Bem Sabanal, a former Seventh-day Adventist, New Age and Protestant, the book is the answer to her questions about how the Catholic faith has remained pure and faithful to the teachings of Christ through the ages.
“It is a comprehensive guide to the teachings, history and theology of the Catholic Church,” he also said.
Available at all St. Paul’s bookstores nationwide, ‘Simbahang Itinatag ni Jesucristo’ is priced at P150. An English version will be released in September 2022.