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Statutes of the Neocatechumenal Way definitively approved
L'Osservatore Romano

As we first reported three weeks ago, the statutes of the Neocatechumenal Way ("The Way") have been definitively approved by the Holy See, and they will be officially delivered to the superiors of that organization by the Pontifical Council of the Laity in a ceremony this Friday, June 13.

The official confirmation was published today in the daily of the Holy See, L'Osservatore Romano (permanent link).

16 comments:

  1. "Approval" of that which is (gravely) immoral, such as the practice of public general confession within the Way, is at best of dubious validity. Canon law does not allow the enshrinement of immorality or of practices, such as Holy Communion receive while sitting, which are positively destructive of the Faith. It would be interesting to know which Cardinal gave approval. An appeal to the Pope is warranted.

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  2. On Friday the 13th, too...

    Not that I believe the superstition, but that is a fortunate coincidence.

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  3. St Anthony of Padua, Malleus Haereticorum, intercede for Holy Church. Amen.

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  4. "Approval" of that which is (gravely) immoral, such as the practice of public general confession within the Way, is at best of dubious validity. Canon law does not allow the enshrinement of immorality or of practices, such as Holy Communion receive while sitting, which are positively destructive of the Faith.

    What evidence do you have that the papally-approved statutes include receiving Communion sitting and public general confession?

    It would be interesting to know which Cardinal gave approval.

    That would be the former Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, a.k.a. Benedict XVI.

    Let us pray that the liturgical abuses and dubious practices of the Neocatechumenal Way are quickly purged.

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  5. The translation of the decree is out.

    From http://wdtprs.com/blog/2008/06/lossrom-neo-cat-stats-approved-by-holy-see/#comments

    The statutes of the Neocatechumenate approved by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

    Rome: 12. The definitive decree of approval of of the statutes of the Neocatechumenal way have been given to the leaders of the movement on th e morning of June 13 in the office of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

    “The definitive approbal of the statutes—reads a communique sent out by the Pontifical Council—constitutes, without doubt, an important step in the life of this ecclesial reality, which rose in Spain in 1964. This act has required various consultations at diverse levels. During the period of approval “ad experimentum” of the statutes, the Pontifical Council has had the opportunity to ascertain the numerous fruits which the Neocatechumenal way brings to the Church in view of the new evangelization, through a catechetical-liturgical praxis welcomed and valued in its nearly 20 years of life. Therefore, subsequent to an attentive review of the text of the statutes, and the insertion of some modifications which were determined to be necessary, the Pontifical Council for the Laity has arrived at the definitive approval of the statutes.

    In an audience given to the members of the Neocatechumenal way on June 12, the Pope said: “Your apostolic action intends to situate itself in the heart of the Church, in complete harmony with her directives and in communion with the particular Churches in which you walk and operate, valuing fully the richness of the charisms that the Lord called forth through the founders of the Way.”

    Most recently, last May 17, during a study seminar for Bishops organized by the Pontifical Council for the Laity, the Pope affirmed that, “The ecclesial movements and the new communities are one of the most important novelties [new things] called forth by the Holy Spirit in the Church for the actualization of the Second Vatican Council,” and recalled how the Servants of God Paul VI and John Paul II “knew how to welcome and discern, encourage and promote the unforseen irruption of the new lay realities which, in various and surprising forms, give again vitality, faith and hope to the whole Church.”

    In light of this, “It is hoped—concludes the communique of the Pontifical Council for the Laity—that the statutes of the Neocatechumenal way, approved now in a definitive form, can be a valid instrument of service for this ecclesial reality, so that it might continue to contribute to the good of all the Church.”

    L’Osservatore Romano, June 13, 2008.

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  6. I am most uneasy with this passage in the second paragraph:

    "During the period of approval “ad experimentum” of the statutes, the Pontifical Council has had the opportunity to ascertain the numerous fruits which the Neocatechumenal way brings to the Church in view of the new evangelization, through a catechetical-liturgical praxis welcomed and valued in its nearly 20 years of life."

    If this does not constitute a positive appraisal of the NCW's liturgy and catechesis, I don't know what is.

    Interesting, since it is precisely the NCW liturgy and the NCW catechism which have been most controversial.

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  7. Once approved, they are now under obedience in a specific way. It will be interesting to see if they in time are brought under the rubrics that apply to the rest of us.

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  8. They are already "under" the rubrics that apply to the rest of us, Father. As has been mentioned in other posts on this blog, they have been specifically instructed to comply with them by the Holy See, and to cease contrary practices. What is concerning is that they have been granted further approval, apparently without having complied with those earlier instructions.

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  9. Text of the New Statute here:

    http://www.catechumenium.it/public/file/Statuti%20del%20cammino%20definitivi.doc

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  10. From Zenit:

    http://www.zenit.org/article-22897?l=english

    "According to Arguello, the only significant change that the definitive statues introduced in regard to the liturgy affects the way of receiving Communion.

    "In keeping with the communities' usual practice, Communion will continue to be received under both species and will be distributed by ministers in the assembly, instead of the procession of the faithful typical in the Roman rite.

    "This practice is kept in the definitive statutes, but for the reception of the Host, the faithful will stand before the minister. This is not the case in receiving the Chalice, which will continue to be received seated, to avoid spilling the precious Blood.

    "Moreover, the kiss of peace will retain its place following the Prayer of the Faithful and before the beginning of the Eucharistic liturgy, though procuring that this moment not break the order and recollection of the assembly..."

    There you have it. What fidelity to the rubrics???

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  11. Kiko Arguello lies! Read the TEXT of the Statute linked over!

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  12. Sorry, I don't know Italian, Dextimus. Could you find the specific passage and render it in English for those of us who speak English but not Italian?

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  13. Dear dextimus:

    Precisely. Even if the Statutes say otherwise, Kiko Arguello wil have his way, as he had in the past 40 years, and as he had even after the warning of 2005.

    To have given the NCW approval without first demanding obedience on so important a matter was imprudence, to say the least.

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  14. I should have said: "without first GETTING obedience..."

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  15. Anonymous12:08 PM

    Blessed be the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! Pope Benedict XVI approved the statutes of the neocatechumenal way...no one can destroy the "way" even death...

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