That Strange Mass the Pope Doesn’t Like

It is the Mass according to the rite of the Neocatechumenal Way. Benedict XVI has ordered the congregation for the doctrine of the faith to examine it thoroughly. Its condemnation appears to be sealed.

ROME, April 11, 2012 – With a letter written personally to Cardinal William J. Levada, Benedict XVI has ordered the congregation for the doctrine of the faith to examine whether the Neocatechumenal Masses are or are not in keeping with the liturgical teaching and practice of the Catholic Church.

A “problem,” in the pope’s judgment, that is “of great … Continue reading

Pope’s latest ruling for Neocats

Two articles on B16’s recent ruling on The Way:

Pope says neocatechumenal celebrations must lead members to parish Mass

Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As the Vatican approved the Neocatechumenal Way’s unique rite, Pope Benedict XVI underlined that its celebrations were not "strictly liturgical" and that their aim must be to encourage members to partake fully in the liturgical life of the parish.

The pope encouraged the movement’s members to continue "to offer your original contribution to the cause of the Gospel," and he urged them to always make sure their … Continue reading

Vatican Diary / The Neocatechumenals get their diploma. But not the one they were expecting

The Holy See has approved the rites that mark the stages of their catechism. But the particularities with which they celebrate their Masses still remain under observation. Some of them are permitted. Others not.

VATICAN CITY, January 23, 2012 – Before the audience with Benedict XVI three days ago, the rumor within the Neocatechumenal Way was that this occasion would bring the definitive approval of all the “liturgies” of the ecclesial movement founded by Francisco “Kiko” Argüello and Carmen Hernández:

> “Placet” or “Non placet”? The wager of Carmen and … Continue reading

“Placet” or “Non placet”? The wager of Carmen and Kiko

The founders of the Neocatechumenal Way aim to obtain definitive Vatican approval for their “convivial” way of celebrating the Mass. The document is ready. But it could be modified or blocked in extremis. The verdict on January 20.

ROME, January 13, 2012 – As on other occasions in the past, this January as well, on Friday the 20th, Benedict XVI will meet in the audience hall of the Vatican with thousands of members of the Neocatechumenal Way, with their founders and leaders, the Spaniards Francisco “Kiko” Argüello and Carmen Hernández.

One year ago, … Continue reading

Kathmandu Bishop bars Neocat activities

Bishop bars Neo-cat activities

Kathmandu, Nepal – 8 August 2011

Bishop Anthony Sharma has suspended the activities of the Neo-catechumenate Way church group in Kathmandu, seven years after the organization, which is dedicated to the Christian formation of adults, first came to Nepal.

According to Church authorities the Catholic group, which started in Madrid in 1964, was never formally invited to Nepal, but “came by themselves.”

A short announcement on the notice board of Kathmandu’s Assumption Church said the suspension came into effect on August 1.

Several Neo-catechumenate members, who are also parishioners of Assumption Church, said yesterday … Continue reading

Not this Way

This website receives the occasional email from individuals who seem to have misunderstood the Church Mouse’s position on matters Neocatechumenal. Here is a recent example (only the sender’s name has been changed).

From Matthew Lopoto
Date Sun, Mar 13, 2011 at 1:35 AM
Subject Re: Inquiry about the Neo-catechumenate.

Dear Sir/Madam/Rev.

I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus christ. I am glad that I have been able to get this contact. I am Matthew Lopoto, a seminarian studying in St. Mary’s National Seminary Ggaba, P.O.Box 1871, Kampala. I am doing theology … Continue reading

Trouble in the Phillipines

The Neocatechumenal Way in the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan

Lights and Shadows
The seeds of the NEOCATECHUMENAL WAY were first sown in the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan in 1981 in the Parish of Saint Gabriel the Archangel in Bonuan Boquig. Since then, it has been born in other Catholic communities in the archdiocese – Bonuan Gueset, Calasiao, Calmay, Dagupan, Laoac, Lingayen, Mapandan Santa Barbara and San Jacinto. The Neocatechumenal Way has brought innumerable blessings to the Christian faithful in our archdiocese. It has profoundly changed many lukewarm lives. It has rebuilt many wounded families and has yielded many religious and … Continue reading

From St. James in Denver

from Mary
to church-mouse
date Fri, Mar 13, 2009 at 2:01 AM
subject Church Mouse: Thank you for your inspiration

I am a member of St. James Parish in the Archdiocese of Denver, CO, USA. I have been visiting your website since the spring of 2006 when I became aware that our new Pastor was a neocat. This became painfully evident after he "hijacked" the annual retreat of the Parish and School staff by bringing in a NC catechetical team to moderate the "retreat" He caught the entire staff off-guard and most attendees, including a … Continue reading