Saturday, April 6, 2019


Neocatechumenal Way

Byrnes said he is still consulting on the status of the Neocatechumenal Way, a group within the church whose practices sometimes are at odds with those of Guam's traditional Catholic community. *

"In the meantime, what I established last year is still enforced," Byrnes said.

In March 2017, Byrnes asked for a one-year pause on the formation of new Neocatechumenal Way communities until a review of its teachings and practices is completed.

Apuron allowed the Neocatechumenal Way to take root on Guam and became a follower. He transferred a multi-million property to the Neocatechumenal Way, against the advice of his financial council, which he later dissolved.

The closed Redemptoris Mater Seminary, in the former Accion Hotel in Yona, is one of the 41 properties that the archdiocese could sell to help settle the nearly 160 clergy sex abuse lawsuits filed against the church.

Byrnes said the process of making these properties available for sale is moving forward, although at a slower pace than initially thought.

* MY NOTE: The practices of the NCW are not "at odds with those of Guam's traditional Catholic community." The practices of the NCW are at odds with what is legislated in its own Statute. 

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