The Statutes of the Neocatechumenal Way was approved by the Vatican. In it, it defines and describes the role of everyone involved. According to the Statutes (Title 1 Article 2):
In conformity with the desire of Pope John Paul II: "It is therefore my wish that the brothers in the episcope - together with their presbyters - value and help this work for the new evangelization, so that it may be implemented according to the lines proposed by the initiators, in the spirit of serve to the local ordinary and in communion with him and in the context of the unity of the local Church and the universal Church," the Neocatechuenal Way is implemented in the dioceses:
- under the jurisdiction, the direction of the diocesan bishop and with the assistance, the guidance of the International Responsible Team of the Way, or the delegated responsible team, as indicated in art. 3, 7th;
- according "to the lines proposed by its initiators" contained in the present Statue and in the Orientations for the Teams of Catechists.
The International Responsible Team of the Way is Kiko Arguello, Carmen Hernandez, and Father Mario. Their role was also clearly spelled out in the Statutes, which was approved by the Vatican. According to the Statutes, one of Kiko's role defined in the Statutes stated that he is: "to maintain regular relations with the Pontifical Council for the Laity, the dicastery to which the Holy Father has entrusted the responsibility of accompanying the Neocatechumenal Way, as well as with the other dicasteries of the Holy See within the scope of their respective competence, keeping the Pontifical Council of the Laity informed (Article 1, Article 3).
Just because Kiko (who is part of the International Responsible Team) reports to the Vatican does not mean that Kiko was replacing the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. Again, this is what the opponents of the Way wants everyone to believe. The hierarchy of the Catholic Church still remains the same. In the first place, what was written in the Statutes was never about the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. I repeat.......the Statues were already approved by the Vatican, and these Statutes have nothing to do with the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. It defines the roles of the International Responsible Team, the Team Catechists, the Bishop (or Archbishop), the priests, and even the neocatechumens to ensure unity between all those in the Way and unity between the Way and the Holy See.
Those who oppose the Way spread the false rumor that the Way goes against the Pope-Bishop-priest hierarchy of the Catholic Church when in fact, we follow what the Vatican approved in the Statutes. When Kiko speaks to the Pope or the Vatican, he was never taking the place of the Bishop, but simply following his duty as defined in the Statutes approved by Rome. And the fact that he reports to the Vatican says more about his obedience to the Pope and the Catholic Church.
Those who oppose the Way spread the false rumor that we disobey and disrespect the Pope.....but then again, what else can I expect from someone who show no obedience or respect to the Archbishop anyway. So, no surprise there.