"Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops, like bishops, and your religious act like religious." - Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, 1972
"The propaganda going around is that the NCW degrades and does not pray the rosary. The rumours only serve to discredit the NCW in order to convince people that NCW is not Catholic" ,
I feel I am obligated to Thruth and I have to answer for those people who are not moved just by rumours.
Yes, in NCW there are people who pray the Rosary. BUT...people only can pray the Rosary when officially the Way allows them to do it.
WHAT? Is necessary to be oficially allowed in the Neocatechumenal Way for praying the Rosary?
YES, IT IS
WHY? Because in the NCW there is a step (paso) called "Our Father" (Padrenuestro) when catechists make "official" deliver of the Rosary for all the members of a neocommunity. That delivering in that step -really is the first part of it- takes place with a neo ritual in Our Lady of Loreto's Sanctuary, in Italy, during a travelling around some neo "holy" places, including Vatican and of course Porto Sant Giorgio, which could be named as the little "Domus-Galilaeae" in Europe.
TIL THEN, PRAYING THE ROSARY IS NOT FULL ALLOWED FOR NCW MEMBERS.
But, then, why does say Diana that couple in Australia are surrounded in Hospital by their community to pray the Rosary? Because their catechists have had told them they are allowed to do it in their catechist's faith. What does it mean "in their catechists faith"? That they are allowed to pray based on their catechist's faith, who had already "got" their Rosary deliverance.
That is the way the Way does exceptions to official rules. To have a baby in a hospital due to a grave disease is an exception which requires too much praying for parents and relatives. Anyway, before praying the Rosary toghether, the responsible of that parents' community should ask their catechists for permission. Just after their catechists had allowed it, the responsible will tell all members of that community they can pray the Rosary tothegher at hospital, never before.
But, then, if a given couple of a neocommunity want to pray the Rosary each day and they haven't got their Rosary because their community has not done the step of "Our Father", could they do it freely? Yes, they could do it, but not telling their catechists nor their neo brothers and sisters. In fact, it is quite difficult to hidden it, because catechists do exam each little place of your entire way of life. Sooner or later, they will notize. And their catechists will tell them "do not pray the Rosary".
Of course, if one day you go to mass in a temple near your work (because that day you want to do it, sporadically) and there people are praying the Rosary, you can join them, but only because you are going by your own, not as a neocatechumenal member.
Of course too, in every neo community there are mature/old people who are used to pray the Rosary daily as well as go to daily mass. During the scrutinies they will be told to stop doing it or if they resist to stop it, they will be told by their catechists in public that they are "natural religious" people (one of the worst things in the Way...it is comparing you with "people of Sunday Mass", with those whose faith is near "the little boy Jesus" of First Communion, "faith of hypochrites of Sundays"...).
Yes, D. could say me in the Way everything is free and catechists do not put a gun in your face to "obey". As always, neos play their neo language, you know: "not allowed" is not exactly and full "prohibited", etc.
JUST PURE NOMINALISM
D. knows exactly what does "not allowed" mean. As me. So, please, do not create confusion and say it clearly: the fact that in the Way SOMEbody SOMEmetimes is allowed to pray the Rosary by their authority figures (catechists) IS NOT EQUIVALENT to that in the Way people do pray the Rosary as the rest of catholics do.
Real catholics do pray Rosary when they want or need, without asking anybody for permision.
Real catholics are really free.
Oh, I forgot to say Kiko also makes some exceptions to his own neorules. Some years ago he created a new kind of charism for young people, which consists in praying the Rosary each day for a given "family in mission" (by lot) to succeed in their evangelization (=bringing Initial Catechesis for joining the NCW). Kiko has designed a specific celebration with neo youth and he -in person- delivers the Rosary for those who feel "the calling" to do it. That way, those youngs do not have to wait until "Our Father" and travelling to Loreto (Italy) to have their permision to pray the Rosary. In summer time, those youngs prayers "can" travell to visit that family in mission (they are "allowed" to go).
That confirms the existance of special "passes" in the Way for praying the Rosary.
(Sorry if my English sounds a little tropical!)
P.D.: My best wishes for those parents and their little baby from the Way in Australia. I am not a heart stoned even when I was expelled from the Way accused of "being the Devil". I feel compassion with any human person's pain despite how, when, where or why that person thinks or belives.