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Posted by LaPaz, Jungle Watch Correspondant from Spain. 


Translation from ORIGINAL in Spanish, "La Iglesia paraliza el reclutamiento de 'Kikos' en Guam durante un año", Religión Digital, March 17, 2017.

Due to the "anguish" caused by the Neocatechumenal Way in the diocese
The Church paralyzes the recruitment of 'Kikos' in Guam for one year
The archbishop will appoint an episcopal delegate to review the Catechetical Directory of the movement
Cameron Doody, March 17, 2017 at 7:37 PM

(Cameron Doody) .- A hard blow to the Kikos of Guam. Archbishop of Agana, Michael J. Byrnes, has announced a "pause" for the recruitment of new members of the Neocatechumenal Way on the island for a year, along with the appointment of an Episcopal delegate to review his Catechetical Directory, The "anguish" felt in the local Church by some of the movement's distinctive practices.

Since being appointed to Guam last October, Byrnes has worked to dismantle the influence of the Camino on the island, which had reached exaggerated proportions thanks to the patronage of Archbishop Anthony Apuron, the former leader of the Guamian Church currently suspended between Accusations that he sexually abused altar boys in the 1970s. Such work has, for example, taken control of one of the seminars in the United States, property with a multi-million dollar value that Apuron would have transferred to Camino leaders based in the state of New Jersey.

But now, with a pastoral letter dated March 15, Byrnes goes one step further in his intervention of the Kikos. Appealing to the special commission given him by Pope Francis when he appointed him coadjutor bishop of Agana - that of "bringing healing to the divisions" that had spread among the faithful of Guam after the Apuron affair - Byrnes points out his intention to confront "the anguish Growing with regard to the multiplication of small communities in some parishes and to the differences in the manner in which the Mass is celebrated in the small communities of the Neocatechumenal Way. "

Among other measures, the Archbishop forbids the Neocatechumenals to recruit new members for a period of "about a year" and reminds them that they must ensure that their catechists are "sufficiently trained and certified to play their part."

Although there are "some permits for the celebration of the Eucharist particular to the Way," observes Byrnes - in regard to the moment of the Rite of Peace, for example, or to the admonitions that are inserted before the readings - This does not prevent that there can be no "clarity and unity" throughout the diocesan Church as to the form of this sacrament.

For this reason, the bishop states that "every solemnity of small communities (of the Way) must be celebrated on a consecrated altar, either in the main sanctuary or in an authorized chapel." And although the bishop continues, the Kikos Masses are organized on the fringes of other parish celebrations of the Eucharist every week after Sunday's eve, "some part" of the collection that is collected in these Masses "should go to the parish In order to cover costs".

Another element of the Way Masses that Archbishop Byrnes seeks to end is the "backwardness" with which, he says, the Kikos consume the sacred form. While it is true that members of small communities can stand for the dispensation of receiving bread and wine not in the communion, but "standing, standing in their place," it is also, says the archbishop, that "the Communicants are to consume the Body and Blood of Christ as soon as they are given the host or chalice in their hands." "These norms concerning the consummation of the Sacred Species are to be followed in every celebration of the Eucharist," says the archbishop of Agana.

After the controversy raised by his letter, Archbishop Byrnes issued the day after its publication a statement reaffirming that, although it recognizes "the good that has brought the Neocatechumenal Way to the lives of the people of Guam" and other sites , "The need to achieve conformity with liturgical norms is imperative ... and will only enrich the fruits" of the movement.

"The sooner we have unity and universal adherence as an Archdiocese to the norms established by the Church" in regard to the celebration of the Mass, "writes Byrnes in the press note,"before we will be on the path to reconcile with each other and heal our Diocese divided ". (End)

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