Neocatechumenal Way

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Neocatechumenal Way
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Logo of the Neocatechumenal Way
Founder Kiko Argüello and Carmen Hernández
TypeCatholic movement
Headquarters Spain
Icon of the Virgin Mary by Kiko Arguello, the Spanish painter who initiated the Neocatechumenal Way. Icona maria kiko.jpg
Icon of the Virgin Mary by Kiko Argüello, the Spanish painter who initiated the Neocatechumenal Way.

The Neocatechumenal Way, also known as the Neocatechumenate, NCW, colloquially The Way, is a charism within the Catholic Church dedicated to Christian formation. It was formed in Madrid in 1964 by Kiko Argüello and Carmen Hernández. [1]


Taking its inspiration from the catechumenate of the early Catholic Church by which converts from paganism were prepared for baptism, it provides post-baptismal formation to adults who are already members of the Church or to those far from the Church who have been attracted by the testimony of Christian life of love and unity in the communities (referencing such Bible verses as John 13:35 and 17:21), [2] in accordance with the designs of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). [3] Due to numerous vocations coming from the families formed in the communities, it has also helped to establish and run over 100 missionary diocesan seminaries in various locations. They are called "Redemptoris Mater" seminaries. It is responsible for communities of "families in mission", called "Missio ad gentes", living in many cities around the world. Together with a priest and his socius, and some celibate women, they make present the Church in places of little or no Catholic presence.

The Neocatechumenate, as an itinerary of Christian initiation, is implemented in small, parish-based communities of up to 50 people. In 2007 there were around 20,000 such communities throughout the World, with an estimated million Catholics following the itinerary. [4]

Early history

In the early 1960s, Francisco "Kiko" Argüello moved to the shanty town of 'Palomeras Altas' in Vallecas, Madrid, and gathered a community of Gipsies and marginalised poor. [5] He was soon joined by Carmen Hernández, who linked the community to the theological and liturgical zeitgeist surrounding the Second Vatican Council, and won the support of the archbishop of Madrid Casimiro Morcillo González  [ es ], who had been a relator during sessions of the Council. [6] [7]

Gradually, the community's approach was codified in a "catechetical synthesis" referred to as the "tripod," "Word of God-Liturgy-Community", with the stated aim of seeking to lead people to fraternal communion and mature faith.

The movement spread through the Archdiocese of Madrid and to other Spanish dioceses. In 1968, it began to spread beyond Spain when Argüello and Hernández arrived in Rome and settled in the Borghetto Latino. With the permission of Angelo Dell'Acqua, [8] Vicar-General of Rome, they began preaching in the parish of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament and the Canadian Martyrs.[ citation needed ]

Leadership and governance

The community of Neocatechumens was led by the "International Responsible Team of the Way": Argüello, Hernández, and Fr. Mario Pezzi, a priest of the Diocese of Rome, until Hernández's death, in 2016. Under the terms of the 2007 statute, the three members of this leadership team will remain in place for life, after which an electoral college of senior neocatechumenal catechists will elect a new team which, with the approval of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, will have a mandate to lead the Way for a period of seven years until new elections are held. [9] The Neocatechumenal Way announced on 13 February 2018 that María Ascensión Romero had been chosen to join the leadership team. [10]

"They contribute by forming the first neocatechumenal communities of a parish, and are supposed to maintain regular contact with the Bishops of the diocese in which they work; the itinerant teams preserve a constant link with the responsibles of the Neocatechumenal Way, visiting periodically the communities they catechized and taking care of the development of the Neocatechumenal Way in the territory assigned to them, being fully faithful to the charism given to the initiators and obedient to the local Ordinary." [11]

After two years in the Neocatechumenal Way, followers will be invited to attend the First Scrutiny. [12] In the Second Scrutiny the great phases of the history of salvation: Abraham, Exodus, Desert, Promised Land, etc., and a time is given to them so that they may prove to themselves the sincerity of their intention to follow Jesus Christ. The rites of the Neocatechumenal Way are often presided by the local Ordinary. [13]

The Neocatechumenal Way has encountered resistance and criticism from both clergy and theologians. In 1995, Gordon Urquhart, known for his cooperation with a dissenting Catholics for a Free Choice Foundation, accused the Way and other lay movements, like Focolare and Communion and Liberation, of conservatism, fanaticism, sectarianism, devaluing of reason, "brainwashing", or even a "personality cult" of the founders. [14] In his publication he wrote that after the Neocatechumenate was introduced into the parish of St Germain-des-Prés in Paris, the Archbishop of Paris, François Cardinal Marty, blocked any further expansion before his retirement in 1981, [15] and similar controversy in 1992 prompted the Bishop of Nancy to transfer the neocatechumens to a different church. [16] Other authors criticize a possible excess of centrality of the Way on the initiators' charism and aesthetics, although not totally rejecting the validity of the movement. [17]

In 1985, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, in the Rapporto Sulla Fede , spoke hopefully of new lay movements, including the Way. The future Pope remarked that they also entail greater or lesser dangers, but that it "happens with all living beings". [18]

In 1995 the Italian Passionist priest and theologian Enrico Zoffoli published a critique of the Way that accused the movement of heresy, arguing that "their doctrine is seriously compromised with errors against fundamental dogmatics of the Church, the Popes and the Councils" [19] On March 23, 1995, Zoffoli sent a letter to the bishops of the main Italian dioceses and to the officials of the Roman Curia (including card. Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, card. Camillo Ruini, Vicar General of Rome, and abp. Ennio Antonelli, General Secretary of the Italian Episcopal Conference), attaching a copy of his book. Card. Ruini in reply invited Zoffoli "not to replace the competent bodies and not to issue, albeit with good intentions, personal and premature judgments on issues concerning the orthodoxy of ecclesial realities, or even of the Holy Father," while abp. Antonelli called him to "trust in the discerment of the pastors of the Church". [20]

There have been allegations that the Way does have a divisive impact on parishes. In 1996, Mervyn Alexander, Bishop of Clifton, in England, established a panel of inquiry to explore claims made by parishioners in three parishes (St Nicholas of Tolentino in Bristol, St Peter in Gloucester and Sacred Heart at Chariton Kings in Cheltenham) that had been harmed and experienced ‘considerable stress’ as well as ‘spiritual, personal and mental anguish’ by activities of the Neocatechumenal Way. The report stated that "it understands, from this presentation paper and the submitted evidence, that the Neocatechumenal Way over a long time (20 years) seeks to lead people towards salvation," but it is a cause of 'considerable stress', and 'spiritual, personal and mental anguish' for some individual members. The report recognized at the same time that "there is undoubtedly a 'conversion experience,'" and that it is drawing people in different conditions towards God. [21]

In some places such as China and the Middle East, local Catholics have complained that missionaries of the Way have forced European songs, rituals and prayers on them, without inculturation. Archbishop Peter Takeo Okada, president of the Japanese Bishops' Conference, described the Way's presence in Japan’s small Catholic community as "a serious problem" and "divisive and confrontational". [22] Staff and students of the Takamatsu Redemptoris Mater seminary relocated to Rome in 2009, [23] and in 2010 the Japanese episcopal conference asked the Way to suspend its activities in Japan for five years. [24] Local bishops suspended the Way's activities in the northern part of the Philippines in 2010, and in Nepal in 2011. [25] [26]

Nature and mission of the Neocatechumenal communities

The Neocatechumenal Way it has been approved by the Holy See as a "Post baptismal catechumenate at the service of the Bishops as a form of diocesan implementation of Christian initiation and of ongoing education in faith, in accordance with the indications of the Second Vatican Council and the Magisterium of the Church”. [27] From the initial catechesis, it typically takes several years and passing through stages of faith formation in the local communities, until a member reaches the "renewal of the baptismal vows."[ citation needed ]

It is implemented in dioceses under the jurisdiction of the bishop and the guidance of the Responsible Team of the Way “according to the lines proposed by its initiators”. [28] [29]

Missionary activity

Responding to secularization, the Neocatechumenal Way introduced a program called "families in mission" – families serving to establish the presence of the Catholic Church in countries where there is none (this is referred to as Implantatio Ecclesiae) or to strengthen the presence of Catholic communities in particularly difficult areas. [30]

On January 12, 2006, about 200 families met with Pope Benedict XVI, asking for a missionary mandate before beginning their mission to France, Belgium, Germany and China – bringing the number of families in mission to more than five-hundred. [31]

In March 2008 the Way met with nine cardinals and 160 European bishops at the Domus Galilaeae International Center on the Mount of Beatitudes in Galilee. Christoph Cardinal Schönborn said that during "the last 40 years Europe has said ‘no’ to its future three times: in 1968 when it rejected 'Humanae Vitae'; then, 20 years later, with the legalization of abortion; and today with homosexual marriages." He called the Neocatechumenal Way an "answer of the Holy Spirit to this situation." A joint declaration from the bishops said, "Here we have an important proposal, the proposal of the Neocatechumenal Way, which is to renew the life of the family." [32]

On January 10, 2009, Benedict XVI met with over 10,000 people for a celebration marking the 40th anniversary of the Neocatechumenal Way in Rome. From this celebration several whole communities were sent on mission, along with itinerant catechists, mission families, and the Missio Ad Gentes (a newer form of mission that sends three to five families to a particular area at the request of the bishop). [33]

The World Youth Days

Approximately every three years, the World Youth Day has been organized by the Roman Catholic Church, during which the Pope summons youths from all over the world to a chosen city. The Way has been an active supporter of these, rallying its young members to attend. For instance, during World Youth Day 2008 held in Sydney, George Cardinal Pell said that of the 110,000 international visitors that attended, 40,000 were from the Neocatechumenal Way. [34]

During the event, young members of the Neocatechumenal Way meet with Argüello for a "vocational call." In Sydney, for example, approximately 1,500 men answered the call for the priesthood and 850 young women stood up to show their willingness to enter the consecrated life, and in Bonn (2005) around 1,500 young men and another 900 young women answered the call. These young men and women begin a process of discernment in their own dioceses and communities, which may lead to priesthood (most of the priestly vocations go to a "Redemptoris Mater" seminary) or consecrated life. [35]

The Neocatechumenal Way in the Eastern Rites and the Holy Land

During the Neocatechumenal Way vocational meeting held near the Sea of Galilee following Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the Holy Land in May 2009, Arguello described the Way's situation in the Holy Land, claiming thirty communities that follow several different Christian rites, and holding them up as an example of the ecumenical breakthrough.[ citation needed ] There are seven communities following the Latin Rite, in Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem and Cana.[ citation needed ] In March 2000, the Way opened its Domus Galilaeae formation center on the slopes of the Mount of Beatitudes in Israel. The facility is used for studies and retreat, Christian seminars and conventions. [36]

In February 2007, bishops of the Holy Land addressed a letter in which they ask to the Neocatechumenal Way "to take place in the heart of the parish in which you announce the Word of God, avoiding to form a separated group", to root believers "in the parishes and in the liturgical traditions in which they have lived for generations", and that all Eucharistic celebrations would be presided by the parish priest. The document stated that Liturgy Rite has preserved the Christian faith along history of their nations and it was "like an identity card, not just a way like another to pray" in the Church. [37]

In June 2007, Archbishop Elias Chacour proposed the establishment of a new "branch" of the Neocatechumenal Way "to work specifically in the Eastern-rite Church." Archbp. Chacour stated in his message that he has searched for "someone or some community to preach the Good News to my parishioners" as an answer to proselytism of the sects, and that the Neocatechumenal Way is an answer. A spokesman for the Way reported the letter to ZENIT, saying that "We share the sense of urgency expressed by Archbishop Chacour to evangelize 'the living stones' in the land of the Lord." [38]

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The seal of Redemptoris Mater seminaries

The Redemptoris Mater Seminaries

The Way also operates several seminaries dubbed Redemptoris Mater seminaries which combines the priestly formation found in a seminary with the Christian formation received in a neocatechumenal community. Potential candidates often undergo a time of "Pre-Vocational Formation" before entering the seminary, which operates somewhat in the manner of a pre-med course, designed to prepare and awaken their vocations. The intent was to establish a seminary that was both international, i.e. with vocations coming from different nations, and missionary, i.e. upon ordination, the priests are available to go wherever their ordinary sends them, [39] In 1988, the first Redemptoris Mater Seminary was established in Rome by Ugo Cardinal Poletti. [40]

The Statutes and the Catechetical Directory

In 1997 Pope John Paul II "encouraged [Argüello and Hernández] to examine their thirty-year experience of the Way, and to formalize it with a written statute," [41] and Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger urged the drafting of the Statutes as "a very important step that will open the way to the formal juridical recognition by the Church, and giving you a further guarantee of the authenticity of your charism" [42] The Statutes drafted in response were approved ad experimentum for five years in 2002, [43] and on June 13, 2008, after review by five dicasteries and the Pontifical Council for the Laity,[ citation needed ] Stanislaw Cardinal Rylko published a decree containing the definitive approval of the statutes of the Neocatechumenal Way. [44]

The Statutes describe the nature of the Way and regulate its charism and specific tasks within the Church. [45] Through them the Neocatechumenal Way was endowed with "public juridical personality" status. [46] The Way is thus closely governed by an ecclesiastical authority, performs entrusted functions "in the name of the church," and has no material goods of its own. [47]

After thorough examination by various Vatican dicasteries, on December 26, 2010, the Pontifical Council for the Laity approved the text of the catecheses which are handed on to neo-catechumens during their itinerary. [48] [49] [50] Pope Benedict XVI praised the approval: "With these ecclesiastical seals, the Lord confirms today and entrusts to you again this precious instrument that is the Way, so that you can, in filial obedience to the Holy See and to the pastors of the Church, contribute, with new impetus and ardor, to the radical and joyful rediscovery of the gift of baptism and to offer your original contribution to the cause of the New Evangelization.". [51]


A Neocatechumenal Eucharist in Porto San Giorgio, Italy. Eucharist with card Canizares Porto San Giorgio.jpg
A Neocatechumenal Eucharist in Porto San Giorgio, Italy.

The Neocatechumenal Way regards liturgy as one of its three fundamental elements (tripod), along with the Word of God (scripture), and Christian community. [52] The Paschal Mystery, celebrated in the Sacred Triduum, is seen as a liturgical axis and source of Christian life and a fulcrum of the Neocatechumenate which leads to "rediscovery" of Christian initiation. [53] The Eucharist is essential to the Neocatechumenate, since this is a post-baptismal catechumenate lived in small communities. In fact, the Eucharist completes Christian initiation. [54]

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has observed the Way's liturgical practices from the beginning. [55] Pope John Paul II celebrated the Eucharist at the meeting with the communities in Porto San Giorgio in 1989, exactly as the communities do it, including the communion rite in a sitting position.[ citation needed ]

Cardinal Francis Arinze, however, the Prefect of the Congregation from 2002 until 2008, wrote in December 2005 a private letter to Arguello, Hernández and Pezzi on behalf of Pope Benedict. [56] [57]

The Way argues that Arinze's letter has been superseded by the Final Statute of the Neocatechumenal Way insofar as it says that “the celebrations of the Eucharist of the neocatechumenal communities on Saturday evening are part of the Sunday liturgical pastoral work of the parish and are open also to other faithful.” [58]

In an interview with the Spanish newspaper La Razón, Antonio Cardinal Cañizares, then Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, expressed his view on the Eucharistic celebration of the Neocatechumenal Way:

"There are no liturgical anomalies [in the Eucharist]; everything is in full compliance with the guidelines of the ‘Ordo Missae.’ What I have really seen there are Eucharists celebrated without any hurry, with a great faith, and where you can perceive the joy and the thanksgiving for the gift which is being bestowed in the Eucharist.” [59]

The Statutes also mention the sacrament of Penance celebrated according to the rite of reconciliation for multiple penitents, with individual confession and absolution. [60]

In April 2012, journalist Sandro Magister reported that Pope Benedict XVI asked the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to review whether Masses celebrated by the Neocatechumenate are “in keeping with the liturgical teaching and practice of the Catholic church,”. [61]

Iconography, architecture, and songs

Based on the Liturgical Movement, specially the ideas of Romano Guardini and Rudolf Schwarz that would influenced the Second Vatican Council renewal of the liturgy, the movement fosters a special care for some aesthetic questions about the celebrative spaces. [62] [63]

Papal statements

Pope Paul VI stated in 1974: "What great joy and what great hope your presence and activity give us!... Living and promoting this reawakening is what you call a form of 'follow-up to Baptism', which will renew in today's Christian communities those effects of maturity and deepening which in the early Church were achieved by the period of preparation for Baptism." [64]

John Paul II, in 1980, regarding the nature of the Way, said that, "being a way, it is also movement". [65] In his letter Ogni Qualvolta (1990), he "recognize[d] the Neocatechumenal Way as an effective means of Catholic formation for society and for the present time." [66]

In February 2014, Pope Francis told the members of the Neocatechumenal Way that "[t]he Church is grateful for your generosity! I thank you for all that you do in the Church and in the world." [67] [68] Francis added that "[t]he freedom of the individual must not be forced, and you must respect even the eventual choice of those who should decide to look outside of the Way, for other forms of Christian life". [69]

On March 6, 2015, Pope Francis again addressed the Neocatechumenal Way in Vatican City: "I confirm your call, I support your mission and I bless your charism. I do not do so because he [pointing at Kiko] paid me, no! I do so because I want to do it. You will go in Christ's name to the whole world to bring his Gospel: Christ precedes you, Christ accompanies you, Christ will bring to fulfilment the salvation of which you are bearers!" [67] [70]

See also

Notes, documents and references

  1. "Decree Statutes" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-04. Retrieved 2012-03-10.(primary source)
  2. The term post-baptismal catechumenate is also used in the §1231 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, related to the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church itself, “By its very nature infant Baptism requires a post-baptismal catechumenate.”
  3. Statute of the Neocatechumenal Way, 2008, p. 2.
  4. Kiko Argüello meets with Benedict XVI Archived 2008-01-25 at the Wayback Machine (27 May 2007).
  5. Anuth, B. S. (2006). Der Neokatechumenale Weg. Geschichte, Erscheinungsbild, Rechtscharakter. Echter, Würzburg.
  6. Michael Hayes, New Religious Movements in the Catholic Church 12 (2006)
  7. (Carmen Hernández speech says Morcillo visited the slums Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine (in Italian) June 28, 2002) (primary source).
  8. Father Dino Torreggiani  [ it ] (1905-1983), wrote a presentation letter to Card. Dell'Acqua (source: Kiko, Dossetti e 'le ironie della sorte' ( Archived 2009-04-18 at the Wayback Machine ) primary source.
  9. Statute of the Neocatechumenal Way, Title VI, Art. 34-35.
  10. ReL (2018-02-13). "Ascensión Romero, sustituta de Carmen en el Camino Neocatecumenal: «La elección me dejó perpleja»". Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  11. L'Osservatore Romano, 11 December 1985 (Italian edition)
  12. Statute of the Neocatechumenal Way, Title II, Art. 19, § 1, 1st.
  14. Urquhart, Gordon (1995). The Pope's Armada: Unlocking the Secrets of Mysterious and Powerful New Sects in the Catholic Church. Bantam.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  15. Urquhart (1995), p. 109.
  16. Michael McGrade, "The Last Trojan Horse", Christian Order, October 2002
  17. Lifschitz, Daniel (2017). Kiko, ti voglio parlare... Udine, Edizioni Segno. ISBN   8893181509.
  18. Ratzinger, Joseph; Messori, Vittorio (1985). The Ratzinger Report: An Exclusive Interview on the State of the Church. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. .
  19. Zoffoli, Enrico (1995). Eresie del Movimento Neocatecumenale. Edizioni Segno, Udine. [Translation: The Neocatechumenals: Who they are, What their creed is, What we should think of them, .]
  20. Report into the presence and activities of the NeoCatechumenal Way in the Diocese of Clifton. 1 November 1996 (‘Clifton Report’). Commissioned by the Bishop of the Diocese, Mervyn Alexander
  21. "Commitment, controversy from evangelical Catholic movement", Crux, February 10, 2018
  22. Neo-cats go off on their own way UCA News
  23. Japan's bishops want Neocatechumenal Way to leave for five years (CNA).
  24. Neocatechumenal Way in Lingayen-Dagupan Archived 2011-07-27 at the Wayback Machine
  25. Statute of the Neocatechumenal Way, Title I, Art. 1, § 2.
  26. Congregation For the Clergy, General Directory for Catechesis, 223: see c. 755 §1 CIC; c. 617 CCEO
  27. Statute of the Neocatechumenal Way, Title I, Art. 2, citing John Paul II, letter Ogniqualvolta, 30 August 1990, in Acta Apostolicae Sedis (AAS), nr. 82 (1990), page 1515.
  28. Homily of Pope John Paul II recorded in the Italian edition of L'Osservatore Romano, 31 December 1988)
  29. Benedict XVI (12 January 2006). "Address of his holiness Benedict XVI to members of the Neocatechumenal Way – Paul VI Audience Hall". Libreria Editrice Vaticana.
  30. Neocatechumenal Way Saying "Yes" to Europe Archived 2008-04-08 at the Wayback Machine .
  31. Benedict XVI (10 January 2009). "To members of the Neocatechumenal Way of the Rome Diocese – St Peter's Basilica". Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  32. "Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney - Home". Archived from the original on 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  33. Neocatechumenal Meeting Attracts 90,000 Archived 2007-08-23 at the Wayback Machine (Zenit News Agency).
  34. "Cardinal O'Malley: Domus Galilaea in Israel". Archived from the original on 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2013-12-08.
  35. "Letter from the catholic Bishops of the Holy land and the Neocatechumenal Way". Archived from the original on March 3, 2018. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  36. Melkite Leader Invites Neocatechumenal Way Archived 2007-07-01 at the Wayback Machine (Zenit).
  37. (cfr. chapter 10 of Presbyterorum Ordinis)
  38. Michael Mullaney, Incardination and the universal dimension of the priestly ministry 216 n.259 (2002).
  39. Brendan Leahy, Ecclesial Movements and Communities 68 (2011).
  40. (citing Address to the Neocatechumenal Way, 25 January 1997, p. 4; ORE, 5 February 1997, p.9) (primary source)[ dead link ]
  41. Decree of the Pontifical Council for the Laity: Approval of the Statutes of the Neocatechumenal "ad experimentum", 2002. Note: During the process, Card. Ratzinger was elected Pope, and at a Q&A section in February 2007, responded to a question of how pastors should integrate movements in order to develop a real ministry of unity in the universal Church by talking about the Way:
    "For example, we ask ourselves whether, after five years of experience, it is possible to confirm definitively the Statutes for the Neocatechumenal Way, whether a trial period is necessary or whether, perhaps, certain elements of this structure need perfecting. In any case, I knew the Neocatechumenals from the very outset. It was a long Way, with many complications that still exist today, but we have found an ecclesial form that has already vastly improved the relationship between the Pastor and the Way. We are going ahead like this! The same can be said for other Movements."
    Lenten meeting with the clergy of Rome: Address of his Holiness Benedict XVI
  42. Multiple sources report this:
    "Neocatechumenate Gets Final Approval". Zenit. 2008-06-12. Archived from the original on 2008-06-15.
    "Pope Gives Neocatechumenal Way Final Statutes". Vatican Radio. 13 June 2008. Archived from the original on 2011-08-12.
    "Church Gives Final OK to Neocatechumenate". CBCP News. June 13, 2008. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
  43. "From the Statute of the Neocatechumenal Way - Nature of the Neocatechumenal Way" . Retrieved October 21, 2011. (primary source)
  44. "Juridical recognition and approval of statutes". News. Pontifical Council for the Laity. Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  45. Statutes of the Neocatechumenal Way Title 1 Art. 4 (primary source).
  46. "Decreto (1436/10/AIC-110)" (PDF) (in Latin). Pontificum Consilium Pro Laicis. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-08-13. Retrieved October 21, 2011. (primary source)
  47. Neocatechumenal Way receives Vatican approval for its teachings, instructions from Pope (EWTN)
  48. Church Gives Final OK to Neocatechumenate Archived 2008-06-15 at the Wayback Machine (Zenit)
  49. "Benedict XVI's Address to Neocatechumenal Way". Zenit. The world Seen from Rome. January 17, 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-11-29. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
  50. Cf. Statutes Art. 8 § 2.
  51. Cf. Statutes Art. 12 § 1.
  52. Cf. Statutes Art. 13 § 1.
  53. Cf. Notice of the Congregation for the Divine Worship on the celebrations in the groups of the Neocatechumenal Way, in L’Oss. Rom. (Italian), 24 December 1988
  54. On Liturgical Norms for the Neocatechumenal Way, Zenit, February 16, 2006.
  55. Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Letter of December 1, 2005 in Notitiae 41 (2005), 563–565. .
  56. Final Statute of the Neocatechumenal Way, Art. 13, § 3.
  57. Interview with Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, Prefect of the Congregation of Divine Worship, December 14, 2008.
  58. Statutes of the Neocatechumenal Way, Title II, Art. 14 § 1
  59. John L. Allen Jr. (June 4, 2012). "Leaks confirm ambivalence about Neocatechumenal Way". National Catholic Reporter.
  60. Parilla Martinez, D. (2015). Hacia una Nueva Estética. Bendita María: Madrid, . Archived 2016-03-12 at the Wayback Machine
  61. Parilla Martinez, D. (2012). "Arquitectura y Nueva Estética",, .
  62. Paolo VI (8 May 1974). "Udienza generale" (in Latin). Libreria Editrice Vaticana.
  63. Giovanni Paolo II (8 November 1980). "Discorso di Giovanni Paolo II ai gruppi neo-catecumenali della Parrocchia di Nostra Signora del SS. Sacramento" (in Latin). Libreria Editrice Vaticana.
  64. "OGNI QUALVOLTA". Retrieved 2017-05-06.
  65. 1 2 Pope Francis (1 February 2014). "Address of Pope Francis to representatives of the Neocatechumenal Way – Paul VI Audience Hall". Libreria Editrice Vaticana.
  66. "Pope Francis' Address to Members of the Neocatechumenal Way". ZENIT. February 2, 2014. Retrieved 2017-05-06.
  67. Robert Mickens (10 February 2014). "Pope to Neo-Cats: respect local cultures and churches". The Tablet.
  68. "Pope Francis' Address to the Neocatechumenal Way". ZENIT. March 6, 2015. Retrieved 2017-05-06.

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The theology of Pope Benedict XVI, as promulgated during his pontificate, consists mainly of three encyclical letters on love (2005), hope (2007), and "charity in truth" (2009), as well as apostolic documents and various speeches and interviews. Benedict's theology underwent developments over the years, many of which were characterized by his leadership position in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is entrusted with preserving the Catholic faith in its entirety. His theology originated in the view that God speaks to us through the Church today and not just through the Bible. The Bible is not a natural science textbook, but rather it is the essential testimonial of God’s revelation. One cannot get from it a scientific explanation of how the world arose; one can only glean religious experience from it. Thus Scripture would not wish to inform us about how the different species of plant life gradually appeared or how the sun and the moon and the stars were established. Its purpose ultimately would be to say one thing: God created the world.

Redemptoris Mater (seminary)

Redemptoris Mater is the name for certain diocesan Roman Catholic seminaries which operate under the auspices of the Neocatechumenal Way and have as their mission the formation of diocesan priests for the "New Evangelization". These seminaries are distributed worldwide, with nearly 1,500 seminarians currently in formation. More than 1,200 graduates of Redemptoris Mater seminaries have been ordained to the priesthood for their respective dioceses of incardination.

Kiko Argüello Spanish artist

Francisco José Gómez de Argüello y Wirtz is a Spanish artist and, together with Carmen Hernández, co-initiator of the Neocatechumenal Way.

Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy Catholic cardinal

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Leonardo Sandri Catholic bishop

Leonardo Sandri is an Argentine Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He has been the Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches since June 2007 and a cardinal since November of that year. He served in the diplomatic service of the Holy See from 1974 to 1991, in several overseas assignments including as permanent observer of the Holy See before the Organization of American States from 1989 to 1991, and in Rome as Substitute for General Affairs in the Secretariat of State from 1977 to 1989. On 24 January 2020, Pope Francis approved his election as Vice Dean of the College of Cardinals.

Antonio Cañizares Llovera Spanish Catholic cardinal

Antonio Cañizares Llovera is a Spanish Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who is the Archbishop of Valencia. He is the former Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments from 2008 to 2014, and former Archbishop of Toledo and Primate of Spain from 2002 to 2008. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2006. He was appointed Archbishop of Valencia in August 2014, a move which removed him from the Congregation.

Joseph Ratzinger as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Joseph Ratzinger was named by Pope John Paul II on 25 November 1981 as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, formerly known as the Holy Office and, especially around the sixteenth century, as the Roman Inquisition.

William Levada Catholic cardinal

William Joseph Levada was an American cardinal of the Catholic Church. From May 2005 until June 2012, he served as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Pope Benedict XVI; he was the highest ranking American in the Roman Curia. He was previously the Archbishop of Portland in Oregon from 1986 to 1995, and then Archbishop of San Francisco from 1995 to 2005. While serving as archbishop, he was criticized for covering up sexual abuse by priests within his jurisdiction. Levada was created a cardinal in 2006 by Benedict XVI.

Summorum Pontificum is an apostolic letter of Pope Benedict XVI, issued in July 2007, which specifies the circumstances in which priests of the Latin Church may celebrate Mass according to what he calls the "Missal promulgated by Blessed John XXIII in 1962", and administer most of the sacraments in the form used before the liturgical reforms that followed the Second Vatican Council.

Stanisław Ryłko Catholic cardinal

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Jean-Louis Bruguès Catholic bishop

Jean-Louis Bruguès, OP is a French archbishop of the Catholic Church. He was the Archivist and Librarian of the Holy Roman Church from 2012 to 2018.

Our Lady of Fatima Church, Karachi Church in Karachi, Pakistan

Our Lady of Fatima Church, Karachi is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi. It is the only church located in Karachi which has a circular architectural design and is built in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Second Vatican Council.

Gerhard Ludwig Müller Catholic cardinal from Germany

Gerhard Ludwig Müller is a German cardinal of the Catholic Church. He served as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) from his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012 until 2017. He was elevated to the rank of cardinal in 2014.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process for conversion of adolescents and adults to Catholic Church

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), or Ordo Initiationis Christianae Adultorum is a process developed by the Catholic Church for prospective converts to Catholicism who are above the age of infant baptism. Candidates are gradually introduced to aspects of Catholic beliefs and practices. The basic process applies to adults and children who have reached catechetical age.

Luis Antonio Tagle 20th- and 21st-century Filipino Catholic cardinal

Luis Antonio Gokim Tagle is a Filipino cardinal of the Catholic Church, and prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples since December 2019. He was the 32nd Archbishop of Manila from 2011 to 2020. Tagle also serves as the president of Caritas International, a federation of Catholic relief, development, and social service organizations, and of the Catholic Biblical Federation. He generally prefers to be called by his nickname, "Chito", rather than by his clerical title.