AnonymousJanuary 12, 2015 at 8:22 PMTim, I was researching some Neocatechumenal links related to Guam and came across this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b2SfCuSu6Y
I find it puzzling to see Saint John Paul II celebrating the Neo Eucharist and even allowing the very things we are fighting against here at home (most especially allowing everyone to consume the Eucharist at the same time). What do you have to say about this? Was Saint John Paul II a Neo Supporter and is that a bad thing?
Thank you for bringing this up. I have answered this many times before as it is the reference people like the Dianas, either out of ignorance or a will to deceive, like to shove in our faces.
After Vatican II there was an explosion of what the church calls "ecclesial communities", often founded by lay persons, and often very experimental. The Pontifical Council for the Laity lists over 100 of these kinds of groups which it oversees. The Neocatechumenal Way is just one of them.
In the post Vatican II confusion, there were many liturgical experiments, and often in regular parishes, not just these fringe communities. In fact, liturgical experiments persist despite recent efforts by Rome to bring them under control with the updating of the GIRM, the promulgation of Redemptionis Sacramentum, and several other documents which both prescribe and proscribe what can and cannot be done in the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
In the wake of Vatican II and in its so-called "spirit", the Church, and even the pope as we can see, permitted and even joined in many of these liberalities. However, their participation was not done to authenticate these things, but, as good popes do, to experience them in order to sift them, to find what is good, and to allow themselves to be informed by the Spirit in order to bring these many groups and their practices into the bosom of the Church.
After several years of studying and participating in the celebrations of the NCW, and after many meetings with its founders, John Paul II, in 2002, ordered a period of "ad experimentum" for the Neocatechumenal Way. This was probably occasioned by the both the growth of the NCW and with that growth a growing number of complaints from pastors and bishops as well.
The "ad experimentum" period was imposed on the NCW in order to study it more closely and to bring it inline with the Church in order to preserve the oneness of the Church while yet admitting particular charisms. This is nothing new. The Franciscans were just a bunch of raggedy radical medieval followers of Jesus Christ until their group grew large enough for Rome to notice and "regularize" them.
This regularization process was what Rome was in the midst of doing during the "ad experimentum" period (2002-2007), when in 2005, Rome ordered the leaders of the NCW to conform its communion rite to the liturgical books.
Kiko Arguello publicly refused, and Archbishop Apuron made himself famous by siding with Kiko against the legitimate authority of the Magisterium of the Holy Catholic Church. Like in so many other similar situations, Archbishop Apuron was just repeating what he was told, but it didn't matter, he is a bishop and Kiko is not, so Apuron's actions had an exponentially more severe consequence.
A few weeks after the order came from Rome to eliminate the practice of sitting while receiving communion, Pope Benedict himself, aware that his instruction had been scoffed at, appealed directly to the Neocatechumenal Way to "attentively observe these norms that reflect what is provided for in the liturgical books approved by the Church."
Kiko Arguello responded a few days later with a letter to Pope Benedict essentially telling him that he knew better and would do it his way. (Read more about that here.)
The Dianas like to point out that Rome has not stopped them, which is an admission in itself that they know it is not permitted. And of course Archbishop Apuron has never produced the document permitting the practice that he said "is somewhere" on December 15, 2014 during his pastoral visit to St. Francis Church in Yona.
He hasn't produced it because nobody has produced it and nobody has produced it because it doesn't exist. All they can say is that Rome has not officially stopped them. How childish is that: "Well my mommy hasn't spanked me so I guess it's okay."
Rome of course is very aware of the aberration, but it has a procedure for dealing with these things and yes, it sometimes takes many years. But woe to the soul who knows the truth and rejects it.
So the short answer is, the NCW practice of sitting while receiving was not prohibited until 2005 and the video is from 1988. And they lecture us about obedience?