I wasn't disappointed. The viciousness, vindictiveness, and overall hate accompanying the "you lose" comments was a rousing testimony to the real fruit of the Neocatechumenal Way.
There are over 100 officially recognized lay movements in the church, the NCW being only one of them - even though the NCW refuses to accept the label of "movement." And the pope meets annually with many of them.
Peter's task is to confirm his brothers and sisters in the faith. So you too have wanted with this gesture to ask the Successor of Peter to confirm your call, to support your mission, to bless your charism. And I want to confirm your call, support your mission and bless your charism. I’m doing that not because I’ve been paid to: No! (laughs) I’m doing it because I want to. You will go forth in the name of Christ into the world to bring His Gospel: Christ will precede, Christ will accompany and Christ will fulfill the salvation of which you are bearers!
"So you too have wanted this gesture to ASK the Successor of Peter to confirm your call, to bless your charism."
"Look guys, not only am I not sending you anywhere, I didn't even call this little charade, and I'm not going to let you use me. Your Kiko-nut called this meeting and begged me to do this and I'm not going to let him get away with his bullcrap of making the world think that the pope is behind your deal. If you want me to bless your mission, okay, sure, I'll bless it, but don't screw with me, got it?"
"I’m doing that not because I’ve been paid to: No! (laughs) I’m doing it because I want to. "
For anyone who has been following the NCW mess, this is a devastating address. And here's how you can tell. You will read and hear from the kiko's ONLY about all the positive things mentioned (stuff he says to everybody anyway). You will not read or hear about this extremely strange "welcome" where the pope specifically makes it known that the meeting was not his idea and then mocks the organizer by joking about being paid to do it.
In the scheme of things, the Neo problem is really a very small one, and most of the world's bishops either have it under control or already have the authority to have it under control. The pope knows that controlling the neo is the bishop's job, and it even says so in their statute.
Thus, Rome's only practical option to fix the NCW is to wait for its dictators-for-life to die. For us in Guam, unique in the world because of our bishop's membership in the group, that may seem like a very long time, but not for Rome. Meanwhile, let us accept this curse as an opportunity to grow ever stronger in our faith.
"Be not afraid."