Wednesday, July 15, 2015


 " is tempting for leaders – and I repeat, I prefer the term servants, who serve -; and this temptation for the servants is of the devil, the temptation to believe that they are indispensable, whatever the position.  The devil leads them to want to be the ones who command, those that are at the heart and so, step by step, they slide into authoritarianism, glorifying a single leader (“personalismo”), and leaving no living communities renewed in the Spirit. This temptation makes “everlasting” the position of those who consider themselves in an irreplaceable position that always has some kind of power or dominate over others."

While he might have been speaking to a group from the Charismatic Renewal, Pope Francis is addressing the danger of a "cult of personality" throughout the Church, and specifically within lay-run organizations and movements. This is because those groups are not subject to the normal controls of the Church as regards its authority over the clergy and religious.

The Pope goes on to say that these groups should NOT have leaders "for life". Here he was not speaking to the Charismatic Renewal which has an elected and rotating leadership. Here he was speaking to Kiko Arguello. Kiko (along with Carmen Hernandez) is the only leader of any lay movement of consequence who has been officially designated as "leader for life": 

§ 1. The International Responsible Team of the Way is, for their natural life, composed of Mr. Kiko Argüello – who is its responsible – and Miss Carmen Hernández, initiators of the Neocatechumenal Way, and the presbyter Rev. Mario Pezzi of the diocesan clergy of Rome. 

The good news is that the leadership of the Way, after the death of both initiators, is a prescription for a power struggle disaster and a recipe for the gradual if not sudden implosion of the Neocatechumenal Way. But then so go all cults which glorify "personalismo." 

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