Posted by Tim
“As far as the Neocatechumenal Way, I am aware of them,” Byrnes said. “I met some of them, and my thought there is that we are all Catholics, we worship the same Jesus, and we might do it a little bit different in certain cases. But, you know, my point there would be to say that’s why I need to investigate myself and come to know the people involved.”
Dear Bishop Byrnes:
The ONLY difference permitted in the Neocatechumenal liturgy is what is permitted in Article 13 of the Statute of the Neocatechumenal Way which was given final approval in 2008. Archbishop Apuron has persistently ignored and violated what is permitted in the Statute. He has permitted the practice of the priest delaying his communion until AFTER communion has been distributed to the people, and he has permitted the people to SEPARATE the act of receiving the sacred host from consuming it: the communicants receive the sacred host, wait till all have received, and then sit to consume.
This would not have been such a big deal except for the fact that in 2006, Apuron publicly discredited (audio - transcript) then-Prefect for the Congregation of Divine Worship, Cardinal Arinze, who, in the name of the Holy Father, required that the leaders of the Neocatechumenal Way conform their communion rite to what is prescribed in the Liturgical Books. By permitting the practice to continue (now, for another decade), Apuron has engendered scandal amongst the faithful, not so much because the Neo's "worship Jesus...a little differently," but because he has publicly elevated the authority of Kiko Arguello, founder of the Neocatechumenal Way, over the legitimate Magisterium of our Church.
Apuron's explanation is that "Rome has approved it," but he has never been able to produce any evidence of said approval. And the general Neo explanation is that "Rome hasn't stopped us."
Seriously, Bishop Byrnes, there is NO NEED to "come to know the people involved" in order to make a determination about what the Church has already authoritatively defined. There is only a need that you require what the Church requires. And if it is true that "Rome has permitted it," then it is immediately incumbent upon you in your new position to provide the evidence so that this scandal does not further divide us.
Also, one more thing, you say that "we worship the same Jesus." Do not be so sure. We have on file both the audio and transcript of a Neocatechumenal Priest, a Father Angelo Veraldi, teaching permanent diaconate candidates for this Archdiocese, that Jesus "was a sinner" who "experienced the forgiveness of the Father."
Bishop Byrnes, a Jesus who was "a sinner," is NOT the Jesus Catholics (real ones) worship.
Here's a suggestion. Rather than "listen to the people involved," order immediately all 13 volumes of the Catechetical Directory of the Neocatechumenal Way and examine them.