Let's go back to the beginning.
On July 16, 2013, Archbishop Apuron, without warning, without consulting, and even without just cause (as we later learned):
- demanded the resignation of Fr. Paul Gofigan as pastor of Santa Barbara church,
- threatened him with "a more arduous and painful closure to his assignment" if he did not willingly resign,
- kicked him out of the archdiocese (told him to go find another bishop),
- was locked out of his parish office,
- was replaced (illegally) by a parochial administrator, and
- was forbidden to say Mass.
Shall we repeat that? Good. Got it?
So how did this blog become about the neos? Because they came rushing to the Archbishop's defense once it was asserted (on a news program, not here) that the motive behind the Archbishop's vicious treatment of Fr. Paul was his resistance to the Neocatechumenal Way.
Fr. Paul was asked about this on a news show. He answered that he had met with the leaders of the NCW on three occasions, and each time, he told them they were welcome in the parish but they were to celebrate their eucharist in the church (as canon law requires).
He also asked them to "show me the document", which allowed for their departure from the liturgical norms in the manner of the distribution of Holy Communion. As a pastor, he is responsible for the correct celebration of the eucharist in his parish, and he was doing what he was supposed to do. At the third meeting, the "tall woman", slammed her fist on the table and walked out.
In response to our recounting of these events and asking for the same document Fr. Paul had asked for, we, as well as Fr. Paul, have been maligned by neo members and defenders, spit upon, abused, and threatened, and I didn't even publish the bad stuff. The Archbishop himself even went so far as to go to Rome to have me kicked out of the order of Knights of the Holy Sepulcher.
The only defense neo-defenders can offer for their despicable behavior is that "you did it first." No. The Archbishop did it first.