4:30 PM (3 hours ago)
I don't really know how to start this email, so I guess I will let you know who I am and how I happened upon your site. My name is B___, I'm 30 plus years old and I've been exposed to the neocatechumenal way from the age of 3 (when my mother joined). I attended my first catechesis at the age of 12 and "walked" in a "community" up to the step of redditio, with a few breaks along the way. I'm extremely happy to say that I no longer "walk", and haven't done for the last 2 years. It was through a wonderful friend with a beautiful, solid faith, and a great love for the Catholic Church, that I've been able to see, and know for certain the many wrongs that have been inflicted on me and many, many others.
I'm sure, by what you have written, that you have an extensive knowledge of the psychological damage and the theological manipulation that is taking place in the communities and how expertly it is done. It sickens me to realize, looking back, that my logic and reason where non existent and that I blindly and enthusiastically handed this over to the catechists. Me, like so many others, grew up in the neocatechumenal way, not having a true understanding of what the church teaches and being robbed of thought and right judgment. It saddens me too think that so many people in "the way" will never have the opportunity to see and feel the true beauty of the church and God's infinite love.
I feel truly blessed to have the support that I do, and I thank you for the part that you are playing in my "rehabilitation". It makes me want to vomit when I read and listen to what is happening in Guam, and what makes it worse is that I know these people truly believe that they are doing the right thing, that they are"chosen", and that everybody else is deceived by the devil.
My own mother tells me that I am following the devil and that I'm destroying my children because I no longer go to the community. It doesn't matter that I go to Mass at least twice a week, pray with them daily and send them to catholic schools. In her eyes, the neocatechumenal way is the only way. My mother is now at the step of the election, which is the final step. My father doesn't "walk". Since I can remember, my mother has blamed my father for everything that goes wrong in the family because he refuses to walk. She has often told him that she wishes that he would die, that he is no good, that he is not a man and that she hates him. It's no wonder that I now feel so free being away from that sort of negativity.
I could go on and on about the negative impact the neocatechumenal way has had on my life, but I don't think I would ever get this email sent, and I think it's very important that I do. Many people who leave the neocatechumenal way dare not speak out because they are scared to, I no longer wish to be fearful.
Thank you again for bringing these things to light and for confirming many of my queries.
May God bless you always.