The Neocatechumenal Way receives communion different from the rest of us because they believe something different from the rest of us.
They believe it is only bread. We believe it is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ.
This is why, at the root of everything, there is the absolute refusal to conform their communion rite to the liturgical books and why all manner of deception about a "document" is employed to deflect any and all inquiries into their practice.
Kiko understands "lex orandi lex credendi" better than we do. He understands that practice begets, or rather, shapes belief. And he believes something absolutely different than the Church does. This is why you place yourself in danger every time you attend a "mass" by a neo-presbyter.
Obviously most of the members of the NCW do not know this. This isn't something they would be openly taught since it would probably be rejected or at least questioned. Rather, they are taught through practice that the eucharist is ordinary bread and nothing but a symbol.
They are taught this by the downgrading of the reception of the eucharist to a symbolic communal meal. Their practice is the equivalent of our taking the host in our hand and carrying it back to our seat.
The separation of the Eucharist from the One Sacrifice is Kiko's aim. But he cannot reach his aim all at once. Like the original Revolutionary, he must work by degrees.
Satan has always worked this way. He has always worked not only by degrees (gradually), but under the pretext that this is "good." Thus the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil was presented to Adam and Eve as "good." Thus the taking of the "bread" in one's hand and sitting down and supposedly "contemplating" it, is cast as "good," as historical, as it was done "in the early church."
It did not take long for that "early Church" to recognize, however, that the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ was prone to profanation. Already, even before the Gospels were written, we find the Apostle Paul warning the first Christian communities that when they eat and drink without discerning the Body of Christ (believing in the Real Presence) they "eat and drink judgement upon themselves" (1 Cor 11). He goes on to say that this is why many are getting sick and even dying.
Because of the potential for profanation it did not take long for the Church to move from communion in the hand to communion on the tongue ONLY and distributed solely by a sacred minister (priest or deacon). Paul VI reminds of this in Memoriale Domini (1969):
"...with a deepening understanding of the truth of the eucharistic mystery, of its power and of the presence of Christ in it, there came a greater feeling of reverence towards this sacrament and a deeper humility was felt to be demanded when receiving it. Thus the custom was established of the minister placing a particle of consecrated bread on the tongue of the communicant."
Sadly, the degradation of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ to nothing more than a symbolic piece of bread by Kiko Arguello is not unique to him. Once again, Kiko has simply tagged on to what we ourselves have already permitted and simply took it to the next level. The next level DOWN to be sure. But we ourselves had already begun the descent.
We began the descent by taking communion in the hand. The rationale was presented as "good." Feeding ourselves was presented as a sign of "spiritual maturity." And besides it's what the first Christians did, etc.
And while Paul VI permitted the practice in a very limited and circumscribed way, the practice exploded universally within just a few years. Satan had to have smiled at this. The Real Presence, the Presence of Christ present in the Eucharist, his real Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity is Satan's kryptonite. And separating the belief in that Real Presence from the accidents of bread and wine was a triumph.
And triumphed he has.
This 2013 study shows us that less than half of Catholics are now "aware of Church teaching" and "believe in the Real Presence."
Some would blame this on a lack of "catechesis," but what good is classroom instruction when actual practice contradicts it? We are told in a class or a homily that this is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Almighty God and then we go to Mass and are forced to receive it like a piece of gum.
Historically, the Church has always understood the importance of instructing the faithful through actual practice, which is why the practice of receiving communion kneeling and on the tongue came to be the tradition in the first place (tradition means teaching).
A Georgetown CARA poll breaks the numbers down between those who attend Mass and those who don't:
And before you start trying to make yourself feel better by saying "well of course if you don't go to Mass you aren't going to believe...", realize that the same study shows that only 23% of Catholics actually go to Mass once a week.
This poll and others tend to blame lack of belief in the Real Presence on not going to Mass. However, it is exactly the opposite. It is lack of belief in the Real Presence that has caused the increasing exodus from Mass and fueled the tremendous growth of other churches, not to mention the revitalization of atheism and religionless "spirituality."
For if we really knew that this is truly the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If we really knew that Christ has commanded us to DO THIS. If we really knew that by receiving and consuming his Body and Blood, we are acknowledging Him before his Father in the way he has commanded (Mt. 10:32). And if we really understood the consequences of NOT doing so...would we be so inclined to miss Mass - the only place on the face of the earth where we can thus receive Him?
For those who "want their church back," THIS is how you do it. This was your church before it was taken from you, NOT by Kiko, but the "professionals" who thought they knew better. If you read Paul VI's Memoriali Domini, you will see that limited permission for communion in the hand was given to those places where the usage already "prevailed." At the time, it was only in a few German and French dioceses. NOT GUAM.
Earlier in the document the pope noted that the practice in some places had already commenced without permission of the Holy See and it is truly tragic that the pope did not simply reprimand the disobedient and prohibit the practice he himself saw as a danger to the faith. However, there is no question that Paul VI - even while granting an extremely limited permission - demanded that the Church as a whole keep to the tradition of communion on the tongue:
This method of distributing holy communion must be retained, taking the present situation of the Church in the entire world into account, not merely because it has many centuries of-tradition behind it, but especially because it expresses the faithful's reverence for the Eucharist. The custom does not detract in any way from the personal dignity of those who approach this great sacrament: it is part of that preparation that is needed for the most fruitful reception of the Body of the Lord.
This reverence shows that it is not a sharing in "ordinary bread and wine" that is involved, but in the Body and Blood of the Lord, through which "The people of God share the benefits of the Paschal Sacrifice, renew the New Covenant which God has made with man once for all through the Blood of Christ, and in faith and hope foreshadow and anticipate the eschatological banquet in the kingdom of the Father."
Further, the practice which must be considered traditional ensures, more effectively, that holy communion is distributed with the proper respect, decorum and dignity. It removes the danger of profanation of the sacred species, in which "in a unique way, Christ, God and man, is present whole and entire, substantially and continually." Lastly, it ensures that diligent carefulness about the fragments of consecrated bread which the Church has always recommended: "What you have allowed to drop, think of it as though you had lost one of your own members."
As I personally will continue to shout from the roof tops: the evils of the likes of Arguello and Apuron and Pius are only the symptoms of greater evils. They are just distractions. And Satan is probably glad that there is so much focus on them. Your children were abandoning the faith before Arguello's prostitute religion was planted in Apuron's rotten bed.
We will continue to fight the neo-cult and its tyrants, of course, but you must also begin to fight back on other fronts as well. Here are a few ways you can practically begin:
- Receive communion on the tongue even if standing.
- Receive it kneeling where possible.
- Keep your head bowed and hands folded (just like sister taught you) as you return to your pew (i.e. STOP the "visiting")!
- Come early to Mass and say the rosary.
- Stay after Mass, head bowed, in thanksgiving.
- Take your conversations and greetings OUTSIDE when Mass is over. Let those who want to stay behind and reverence Almighty God as they should do it in silence.
- Genuflect before the tabernacle on your way in and out of the church - no matter where it is.
- Go to confession at least every two weeks.
- Get a missal and get to know the Mass. A good missal also has great prayers for before and after communion, as well as other important prayers. And some have summaries of the faith.
- Musicians, try not to do a "meditation" song. Let there be a long silence after communion so there can be a real meditation.
- Stay kneeling during the consecration and after you receive communion.
- Strike your breast at the consecration and at the "Lord I am not worthy."
- Do not receive communion if you are in a state of mortal sin. And if you are not sure, go to confession.
- And most important, when you do receive communion, make sure that you are receiving the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ and and not just a piece of bread. Stay away from neo-ordained presbyters. Unless they can show us in Kiko's catechetical directory that they believe in the One Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and that Jesus is Himself the One Sacrifice and fully present in the consecrated species, find another parish and another priest. Your soul and your salvation may depend on it.
These are things that YOU - the laity - can do an do NOW.