Defensores Fidei Foundation is a Roman Catholic non-stock, non-profit, lay foundation comprised of 10 businessmen and professionals, devoted to explaining and defending Catholic doctrine. Our purpose is to strengthen Catholics in their faith by helping them to explain, from Scripture and the Magisterium, the most commonly misunderstood Catholic beliefs. We are also committed to resolving doctrinal divisions among Christians, both by correcting misconceptions about Catholicism and by inviting fallen-away Catholics and non-Catholics to consider the Biblical and Traditional basis for Catholic beliefs. In other words "to make good Catholics, better Catholics" by teaching them how to give a reasoned and charitable defense of the Catholic faith when challenged.
What is Apologetics?
Apologetics does not mean to say sorry or to be sorry for something. Instead it means to give a reasonable explanation for something, in this case, the truths, tenets and beliefs of the Catholic Faith using Scripture, history and common sense. For thousands of years apologetics was one of the main approaches by which the people of the Catholic church, clergy and lay, answered and defended the purity of her doctrines from those who questioned, misinterpreted or attacked the faith. That is why the truths of the doctrines and practices of the Catholic Church have been kept intact even after 2001 years. Apologetics fulfills the command in scripture: "Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence..." (1 Peter 3:15)
Is there a need for apologetics?
In the last 20 years, we have seen a virtual exodus of Filipinos from the Catholic faith. Whether this is from ignorance, animosity or a difficult moral situation, an approach based on truth, reason and charity is the Christian way of allowing fallen-away Catholics to re-consider their faith and start the process of renewal. At the same time, lukewarm Catholics may find, in this approach, the richness and fullness of the faith that may rekindle their love for Christ who established this Church. In addition to this, the greatest challenge that we face with the present youth is the nonchalance and indifference they display about things spiritual primarily brought about by the radical trends in consumerism and materialism. The spiritual no longer holds any appeal to them as seen by the rise in materialism and hedonism. There is perhaps no greater time when apologetics is needed than when the sanctity of life and the purity of faith are challenged and these times call for that!