Yesterday, the PDN published a letter from Tim Perez attempting to convince us once again that all is right with the Neocatechumenal Way. He begins his letter by saying:
"It is so easy, really. We Catholics follow what the pope says."
On December 1, 2005, the pope said:
On the manner of receiving Holy Communion, a period of transition (not exceeding two years) is granted to the Neocatechumenal Way to pass from the widespread manner of receiving Holy Communion in its communities (seated, with a cloth-covered table placed at the center of the church instead of the dedicated altar in the sanctuary) to the normal way in which the entire Church receives Holy Communion. This means that the Neocatechumenal Way must begin to adopt the manner of distributing the Body and Blood of Christ that is provided in the liturgical books.
Letter from the Prefect for the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Sacraments which began with the words
"I am to inform you of the Holy Father’s decisions."
Following the letter, the Neocatechumenal Way DID NOT do "what the pope said."
In fact, not only did they not do "what the pope said", Archbishop Apuron, Guam's arch-neo, during the first week of January, 2006, openly expressed disdain for the instruction by discrediting the Cardinal Prefect:
"Arinze, to tell you the truth, is really not for the Way, and I don’t know what credentials he has."
He then went on to heretically spin the instruction to CEASE the practice as a permission to continue:
"It is the first time in the history of the church that we were give permissions for the variations that is being done in the Neo Catechumenal Way, officially by the pope."
On January 12, 2006, aware that his instruction to CEASE the practice was not being obeyed, Pope Benedict addressed a gathering of the NCW in Rome imploring them to "attentively observe these norms":
"Precisely to help the Neocatechumenal Way to render even more effective its evangelizing action in communion with all the People of God, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments recently imparted to you in my name certain norms concerning the Eucharistic Celebration, after the trial period that the Servant of God John Paul II conceded. I am sure you will attentively observe these norms that reflect what is provided for in the liturgical books approved by the Church."
On January 17, 2006, Kiko Arguello issued a statement to Pope Benedict which, when you cut through the usual Kiko-crap, is an open refusal to obey:
"In granting a period of two years for the adaptation of the manner of distributing the Communion of the Body and the Blood of the Lord: we have always shown to the many brothers ...that in the Holy Eucharist the Lord makes present his love, dying and rising for them; and not only that, but prepares a table, an eschatological banquet, which makes Heaven present and where He himself, full of love, has them sit down and comes to serve them: “He will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them” (Lk 12:37).
Nice words, but Kiko here proclaims himself pope and tells the real pope that he will do it his way.
In 2008, with the approval of the final version of the Statute of the Neocatechumenal Way, the pope removed the section in Article 13 of the previous statute which permitted neo-communicants to remain seated when receiving communion, and replaced it with the directive to follow the liturgical books which was already given in 2005.
Yet, Mr. Perez and his fellow neos continue, almost TEN YEARS later, to receive the host SEATED, because RECEIVE, according to the liturgical books also means to CONSUME (GIRM par 161). It does not mean to take the host standing and then sit back down and consume later, which is how Mr. Perez and his fellow neo's, who say they "follow what the pope says", do.
Members of the Neocatechumenal Way, including Archbishop Apuron, have been asked time and time again to please demonstrate where your group has been granted this special permission. NEVER has it been produced.
Perhaps Mr. Perez, who "follows what the pope says" will do so.
Shall we add another counter?
For further info read The Strange Mass that the Pope Doesn't Like