Monday, July 21, 2014

NOTE TO TONY DIAZ, EDITOR, U MATUNA

Dear Tony,

Your column in this weekend's U Matuna is well-written. I commend you for your courage in calling a spade a spade:
"One of the most obvious and most painful fractures that many of us have had to witness is the shattered relationship between our Shepherd on Guam and our clergy in the Archdiocese of Agana."
You went on to sound the trumpet of hope and called on the Archbishop and the clergy to build unity:
"So please, our beloved Archbishop, our dear brother priests, as the Apostolic Delegate and official representative of the Holy Father said during his recent visit to Guam: build unity, build bridges." 

This is certainly the right thing to say. And given your position as the editor of the Archbishop's paper, it must have been hard to say. I certainly hope that your direct addressing of the central problem in the archdiocese will not mean an "arduous and painful closure to your assignment." 

But on to reality. 

Fundamental to the Neocatechumenal Way is the small community. This is not just some sort of intermediate entity, some sort of half-way house to becoming fully integrated into the parish (as the Statute of the Neocatechumenal Way says it is supposed to be.) No. 

The small community, according to the Neocats, is the future of the church. It is the "ends" not the "means". According to them, parish-based Catholicism is not only dead, it was an aberration of the true faith to begin with. 

Thus the only bridge that can be built, in a diocese with a bishop who is fully a Neocat, is the bridge leading away from the parish and into the small communities where we will learn to dance about flower laden tables, sing gypsy songs, and put our sins on public display. 

The fact that the Neocats eschew the consecrated altar and sacred spaces for their "worship" is not just some warm-fuzzy attempt to reach out to disaffected Catholics. Getting rid of churches and sacred altars is fundamental to their founder's theology:
"...in Christianity there is no altar", which is " why we can celebrate the Eucharist on a suitable table and we can celebrate in a square, in the countryside or wherever it is suitable. We don't have a particular place where exclusively we should celebrate our worship." - Kiko Arguello, Catechetical Directory, Vol. 1, Day 3. 
And the reason why, according to Kiko Arguello, "in Christianity there is no altar", an altar is a place of sacrifice, and for Kiko, at his eucharist, there is only a meal, there is NO sacrifice. 

This is another religion. But it is far more dangerous than just another religion. This is a religion that masks itself as Catholicism. This is why, Tony, despite your plea, there can be no unity, no bridges. This is why every attempt at unity, including the very expensive, three day attempt in 2010 was discarded as soon as it was concluded.

The Archbishop and his neo-brethren simply believe something different than we do. They embrace a different faith. They follow a different hierarchy. There is no bridge to this. To them we are dead. They have told us so. They have shown us so. 

But they are wrong. We are not dead. We were only sleeping. But we have awakened. And we have seen the abomination in our temple. 



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