In reality, a personality dear to (Massimo) Gandolfini did not put a “hat” on the initiative but a big sombrero. The perhaps troublesome, but undisputed protagonist of the event on June 20th was Kiko Argüello, historic founder of the Neocatechumenal Way. Kiko imposed the times and the modes of the assembly, he sustained its very high costs, he mobilized his movement which made up two thirds of those present in the square, and above all, he dominated the speakers platform, imprinting his seal on the demonstration with a never-ending, closing catechesis.
In his intervention, which can be heard on Youtube, he claimed to explain: “what it means to be a Christian today” and did so, indicating the Neocatechumenal Way as the path to an adult faith: a faith purified of dogmatic and doctrinal formulas and reduced to a pure “kerygma”, the announcement of an event of which Kiko himself is interpreter and prophet. The disconnected nature of his exposition, lacking in logic (artist’s brushstrokes as he defined it) is part of his “theology of history”, summarized in the final “song of the Apocalypse” to which the crowd, under the rain, joined its voice.
Kiko Arguello, founder of the Neocatechumenal Way, spoke from the stage of the Family Day Saturday, June 20 in Rome, causing embarrassment to the Vatican and reactions.
But what he had missed so far is the fact that Arguello during his long prayer gave his own interpretation of femicide analyzing the motivations that can drive a man to kill his wife and children as a husband "nourishes the love of his wife" when his wife leaves him "the first movement (sic) is to kill her" because "the experience not to be loved and not love is hell."
ZENIT: We can say then that there is support from the CEI behind this event? Many say the opposite ...
ARGUELLO: Absolutely. For me it is a very important fact that (Cardinal) Bagnasco called me. Maybe there will be bishops who do not want to participate but does nothing ... It is important however that the Italian bishops have joined us, because otherwise we would be there just to expose us, to make us say that we are 'homophobic' and things like that. Not true, behind us is the Church which supports us in this defense of the Christian family that you are doing so much harm.
The other day I received a letter from Massimo Gandolfini, spokesman of the Committee who carries on the event at the Circus Maximus; in it tells me, and not without suffering, that it is more prudent that I do not speak from the stage, because, according to the Committee: "They can not and should not be involved in any movement, association, group, party, committee nor any other leader religious; the event must have no sectarian connotation whatsoever and not only, a square Catholic ".
It is clear that we would have had to say before, but no matter. The Neocatechumenal Way, as the reality of the Catholic Church, according to this letter, should not appear as such, so the brothers that they will participate in their personal capacity.
Courage! We go for the love of Christ, to his Church and to the family and God will reward us.
Pray for me.
Porto San Giorgio, 26 January 2016
(Massimo Gandolfini) an adherent to the Neocatechumenal Way, already among the responsible community of Brescia, a man so close to Kiko Argüello , initiator of the Way which Bagnasco asked to fill in the Circus Maximus mobilizing all followers ; unlike the previous event, this time Kiko will not speak from the stage to avoid excessive direct involvement of the Way (and also new lines of Galantino and CEI that could tarnish the success of the mobilization).