Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The Way Follows Catholic Teachings
Those who oppose the Way accuse the Neocatechumenal Way of not teaching Catholic doctrines. The Way definitely teaches Catholic doctrine. The Way teaches that in the Eucharist, the bread and wine transforms into the Body and Blood of Christ. One can even see how reverently those walking in the Way treat the Body of Christ during the Eucharistic celebration.
The Way also follow Church doctrine on homosexuality, same-sex marriage, contraception, pre-marital sex, abortion, etc. And yes, it is true that the washing of the feet also symbolizes the forgiveness of sin as well as humility. Those who oppose the Way accuse the Way of not following Church teaching because we view the washing of the feet as symbolizing the forgiveness of sins. It is true that those who have hurt a brother can wash the feet of the brother whom they hurt, asking for forgiveness of sins. Those who oppose the Way forget that the metaphor of sin is dirt or filth.
According to Catholic teaching, the washing of the feet has two significant meanings. The first meaning is humility and charity. The second is the forgiveness of sins. According to Pope Benedict XVI, "The action of the washing of the feet becomes for John the representation of what Jesus' whole life is, His rising from the table, setting aside His garment of glory, bending down to us in the mystery of forgiveness, the service of human life and death....."
Thus, the Way does not go against the teachings of the Church. It is only that our opponents do not fully comprehend Catholic teaching.
Meaning of the Washing of the Feet