Sunday, May 25, 2014
To Those Asking The Same Questions Over And Over
Three months ago, I spoke about Father Neil Xavier O'Donoghue, who published a letter on the Internet on one of my blogsite found here. Father Neil has a Ph.D in Liturgy. His letter answered many questions. Yet, they still ask the same questions over and over and over. One of those questions is the NCW around the world the same as the NCW in Guam? In Father Neil's letter, he stated (the bold is my emphasis):
I have personally attended thousands of Eucharistic celebrations in Neocatechumenal communities in the United States, Canada, Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Poland, Italy, Spain, Estonia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Australia, Guam, Saipan, Taiwan and Israel. All of these Eucharists have been in conformity with the relevant rubrics and used the approved liturgical books of the Roman Rite.
And they still ask if the manner in how the Way on Guam celebrates the Eucharist universal with the NCW around the world. Father Neil already admitted that he has attended all these places (which includes Guam), and if there were differences, he would have noted it. He also admitted in his letter that the Eucharist that the NCW celebrates conforms with the rubrics and approved liturgical books. And they still ask if the NCW follows the liturgical books. Others ask "how?" To this....I would say that he/she would need to take classes in liturgy and not just read the books on their own. It has been shown that there are a vast variety of liturgies celebrated in the Catholic Church, and all these liturgies are accepted by Rome.
Furthermore, on May 23rd, I posted Fruit of the Second Vatican Council not to show that Kiko received an award, but to show that even the prestigious John Paul II Catholic University is quoted as saying that the Neocatechumenal Way has followed "attentively the directions of the Second Vatican Council, bringing back Christians who have strayed from the ecclesia community to the foundations of the faith that spring from the Bible and from Liturgy."
Finally, while it is true that there are some bishops and priests who disagree with the Neocatechumenal Way, the important thing is the Pope, who is the Vicar of Christ and Successor of the Apostle Peter. History shows that priests and Bishops have disagreed in the past, but the Pope always have the final say. The Pope even carries more weight than any of the anti-Catholic websites. To put it in simple terms, when the Pope approves and endorses the Neocatechumenal Way, this carries more weight. The Statutes of the Neocatechumenal Way and the Catechetical Directory has been approved by Rome. The NCW is approved by the Holy See, and that makes us legitimate in the eyes of the Catholic Church.
It was God who put the Pope in place, and God will not allow the Pope to lead His Church astray. If there are problems, corrections will be made to ensure unity OR excommunication will be given to those in defiance and who refused to obey. The history of the Church proves this. So, one either trust the Pope or not. One either trust that God is the Head leading His Church or not. It is pointless to keep asking the same questions over and over when the answer has already been given. The answer is we follow the instructions of the Pope, who is the Vicar of Christ. If you do not believe that answer, that is not my problem. Of course, you can always fly to Rome and schedule an appointment to meet the Pope to ask him. From what I hear, Pope Francis is a people person and would go out of his way to meet the people rather than stay inside the Vatican.