At least in Spain, the Neocatechumenal Way colides on some ancient religious popular practices, like Holy Week celebrations, which had been cataloged of International Tourist Interest. Despite they like or not, Spain feels an ancient devotion to the Virgin, and this love is present in many not neocatechumenal people (if you want to know a little more, see here).
(Original in Spanish, read this and this, 2012, and recently, 2015, this)
Fortunately I, LaPaz, never participated in such dark and twisted celebration, I was expelled a little before. It is introduced by catechists one year of having finished the Way.
I can not understand why Kiko and Carmen always have to build a paralell church. It would be so easy and good to be in communion just respecting and being one with others...They are completely obsessed with being different, being the opposite...at the end, that obsession make they fall in the same mistakes they critisized.
Carmen always liked the light and the joy of being resurrected with Christ. What kind of light was she looking for? Did she live that light and joy on streets with common people celebrating Corpus Christi's festivity?
I think she didn't, because if you love light, joy, colour....life, you will find those popular expressions as something which deserves, at least, your respect and your support -more than ever- in these times of desacralization.
Maybe she was still living her memories during Franco's dictatorship and she stayed mentally in Palomeras for a very, very long time. Once they entered their mental ghetto within the Church and never left it anymore.
So, neocatechumenals, please, do not sell us your new catacombs. Even when you supposedly are born to Church as adults in faith, you will never be catholics strictily!