Sunday, March 16, 2014
The Danger of Pride.
Father Neil has a Ph.D in Liturgy. His letter is posted here. According to his letter, he stated:
We have a Church that today has many liturgical rites, we have a special form of liturgy for use in the former Zaire, for use by the former Anglicans and those who use the Extraordinary Form are allowed to maintain their particular liturgical spirituality and practices. What binds the Catholic Church together is not uniformity in liturgical practice, but unity in belief and faith in communion with the Successor of Peter.
This past summer I personally attended Mass in at the Opus Dei shrine in Torreciudad (Spain), at London's Brompton Oratory and a Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form celebrated by Cardinal Burke at the Fota Liturgical Conference in my native city of Cork (Ireland). While not everything in these celebrations would be my own cup of tea, I have no diffculty in accepting that these are valuable parts of the Church's liturgical treasury and I appreciate how they can help in the salvation of many souls. In a similar way, the minor liturgical adaptations that have been granted to the Neocatehumenal communities are precisely to help them answer to the needs of the New Evangelization and bring people back to the Church and to a fuller encounter with the Risen Lord.
Those who have so much pride dismiss this letter. They point out that Father Neil (an expert in liturgy) is incorrect by comparing the Neocatechumenal Way with other rites just as Mr. Rohr said in his blogsite. His reason is that the Way is a post baptismal catechesis within the Latin Church under which it is constituted and by which its Statute is approve and therefore not a rite and cannot be compared to others with rites.
This is what the Statutes of Neocatechumenal Way stated in its footnotes page 21-22 in its explanation of "post-baptismal catechumenate":
5 "An itinerary of a catechumenal type, which follows all those phases which the catechumens in the early Church followed before receiving the sacrament of Baptism...(See Post baptismal Catechumenate.........)
It is inspired by various documents of the Holy See, including:
- chapter 4 of the RCIA [......] which suggests an adapted use of the catechesis and certain rites proper to the catechumenate for the conversion and maturation of faith even among baptized adults;.............
- JOHN PAUL II, Apostolic Exhortation Christifideles Laici, 61: "A help [in the formation of Christians] may be given...through a post-baptismal Catehcesis of a catechumenal kind, by means of re-proposing some elements of the Rite of Christian Initation of Adults, aimed at leading to the acceptance and living of the immense and exraordinary riches and responsibilities of one's Baptism";
You can read the rest of the complete footnotes found in the Statutes here. Bear in mind that the Statutes were already approved by the Vatican in 2008. So, yes, the Neocatechumenal Way has adapted certain rites proper to the catechumenate needed for the conversion and maturation of the faithful, just as it says in her statutes and just as Father Neil said in his letter: liturgical adaptations that have been granted to the Neocatehumenal communities are precisely to help them answer to the needs of the New Evangelization and bring people back to the Church and to a fuller encounter with the Risen Lord.
This is what happens with one who carries a lot of pride. They question the expertise of others, thinking that they know better than the expert. Father Neil is the one with the Ph.D in Liturgy.