Tuesday, March 25, 2014

AS THE BATTLE RAGES....A NOTE

As the battle rages over the Neocatechumenal Way, it is necessary again to separate the leadership from the majority of the members. The majority of the members have entered the Neocatechumenal Way with the sincerest of intentions, and it is not them whom we address when we question the beliefs and practices of the Neocatechumenal Way. 

They are only doing what they are taught, and if anyone should be criticized, it is the clergy who neglected the normal catechetical formation of adults that should have been happening long before the Neo showed up. In fact, it is because of this lack of formation that the Neo has had such an easy time of it. 

But beyond this sad neglect there is the real issue that the Neocatechumenal leadership is advancing a form of the faith that is in flagrant contradiction to the magisterial Church both in doctrine and in practice. 

We have demonstrated this multiple times and we will continue to do so. We have also demonstrated that this is not just a local phenomenon. The actions and warnings of bishops around the world, specifically in Japan, the Philippines, and Israel, and also the recent reprimand of Pope Francis to "respect" other cultures and the desires of individuals, is evidence of the conflict posed by the teachings and practice of the leaders Neocatechumenal Way.

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