Tuesday, October 24, 2017

REPLYING TO JULIO

"...the Neo Catechumenal Way IS Vatican II truly implemented."
"Julio Cesar" from Brooklyn, New York


We've always suspected that members of the Way are taught that their movement is not a mere fruit of the Second Vatican Council, but rather is the implementation of it. Julio's comment bolsters my belief.

There certainly is a need for post-baptismal catechesis in the Church today, that is, a catechesis for adults that promotes conversion and “metanoia”, the ongoing change of heart experienced by a true disciple of Jesus Christ. Indeed, this was called for by the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council . Call this catechesis a “post-baptismal catechumenate” if you wish. 

But nowhere do the Council Fathers suggest that this post-baptismal catechesis should result in closed, self-absorbed communities that parasitically suck the life out of parishes.

Nowhere do they suggest that this post-baptismal catechesis should be an end in itself.

Nowhere do they suggest that it center on an unhealthy cult of personality around its 20th century founder.

Nowhere do the Council Fathers say that this effort should place an exaggerated emphasis upon the reality of “persecution”.

Nowhere do they say that doctrinal teachings should be deformed in this catechesis.

And nowhere do the Council Fathers suggest that this post-baptismal catechesis should be led by an authoritative hierarchy of catechists that are appointed independently of and act independently of the bishops and parishes that they are supposed to serve.

Recommendations by JungleWatch