Friday, April 4, 2014
NOT WILLING TO CALL THEM GNOSTICS, BUT....
Anonymous accused me of "paraphrasing" Kiko in my post AT THE HEART OF OUR DIVISIONS. I guess he/she didn't know what the word "paraphasing" means. The quotes I used from Kiko were exact quotes, not paraphrases, and I provided the sources.
What he/she meant to say was that I was wrong about what Kiko meant by those exact quotes. My response would be to show me the exact quotes from Kiko where he teaches the opposite of what I said.
I quoted exactly from Volume 1 of Kiko's Catechetical Directory. It is Volume 1 of 13 volumes. So it is possible that he teaches something different later, or provides a clarification that is not in the first volume. But since I don't have all 13 volumes and can't get them, I have to rely on what I do have.
If Anonymous or anyone else wants to share the entire Kiko Catechetical Directory with us, then please do. But this isn't going to happen. Only certain members of the hierarchy of the Neocatechumenal Way have access to it.
In 1992, the current Catechism of the Catholic Church was published. Can you imagine if, after publishing it, the pope ordered it not to be released to the general public and only made available to certain members of the hierarchy? This is the case with Kiko's catechism. In other words, Kiko's "catechism" is largely "secret teaching." And the copies of the few volumes that we do have were probably smuggled out of the Way by some disaffected catechist.
"Secret teaching", especially in religious or spiritual matters, is known as gnosticism. Essentially, gnosticism is considered private or experiential knowledge as contrasted with theoretical knowledge. One of the essential aspects of gnosticism is: people are saved by acquiring secret knowledge (gnosis), which is imparted only to the initiated. The Catholic Church has always condemned gnosticism precisely for this reason: with Christ there are no more secrets; in Christ the way of salvation has been made known through his Church and is available to all.
This is what the word "Catholic" means. In the Greek: Kata (with respect to) holos (the whole), or "universal" as it has come to be commonly translated. This is why Christianity, authentic Christianity (versus the gnostic version) was so radical. One no longer had to be a genetic member of a certain race to be among the "chosen people". In Christ there was no longer "gentile or jew, slave or free..."
Defenders of the Neocatechumenal Way will say that their teachings aren't secret, that if we want to know, all we have to do is "come and listen." This would be fine if also we could "take home and read". For this is what our Church has done since the first letters of Paul.
From Paul's letters, to the Gospels, to the rest of the New Testament, to the writings of the Fathers, through the volumes and letters of the Saints, and through today, the Church has taken great care to create a lasting and authenticating "paper trail"...while the Neocatechumenal Way has made sure there isn't one.
I am not yet willing to call Kiko and his followers gnostics. They probably mean well. But then even Luther originally set out to help the Church.
Of course, it would be so easy to prove me wrong.