God planted the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the center of the Garden of Eden. Then He gave man this rule: You shall not touch nor eat of the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil for on that day you eat of it, you shall die (Genesis 2:16-17). God did not plant the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil to tempt man, but to remind him of his place despite that man was made in the image and likeness of God. Man is a creature who is not above nor equal to God. It is God who determines what is good and what is evil. It was God who made the rule "Do not touch nor eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil for on that day, you shall die." God made this rule, and man disobeyed.
By eating the forbidden fruit, man now determines for himself what he thinks is good and evil. And man has not been doing a great job of it. Abortion, for example, was legalized in Guam and the United States because man decided that it was good. In some places of the United States, same sex marriage was legalized because in man's eyes, same sex marriage was determined to be good and just. Those who support abortion rationalize that a woman has a right to make choices in all matters including her own body. Others rationalize that overpopulation would destroy the resources of the earth. Some of the reasonable excuses man has come up with are very convincing that it sounds "good and just" despite that it goes against Church teaching.
Although homosexuality, abortion, same sex marriage, contraception, and pre-marital sex are against Church teaching, our conscience can make an erroneous judgment. Some will rationalize by saying that the Catholic Church needs to update herself with modern times. After all, they say....we are no longer living during biblical times and have grown more knowledgeable than people living during biblical times. So, how can we know for certain especially when our conscience can be in ignorance and even make erroneous judgements (CCC 1801 and 1786)? If one is unsure, the best thing is to follow the Church's moral teachings because it has not changed in over 2000 years.
However, in the case of the Neocatechumenal Way, there has been a lot of controversy. Some probably feel that our Archbishop is not obeying the Pope by joining the Neocatechumenal Way. In the first place, did the Pope ever say that one should NEVER join the Way? No. Did the Pope ever say that the Way is illegitimate. No. Did the Pope ever excommunicate Kiko Arguello, the Founder of the Neocatechumenal Way? No. Did the Pope ever say that the Way is not Catholic? No. Thus, how can one conclude that the Archbishop has disobeyed the Pope when the Pope supports and endorses the Way in the first place?
As Catholics, we accept all the moral teachings of the Catholic Church because we believe these teachings come from Christ, who is Head of the Church. In the same way, are we also not supposed to support and endorse all that the Church embraces? Or do we doubt and think that the Church does not have the right discernment on what is good and evil, on what is right and wrong, on what is just and unjust, and on what is Christian and unchristian?
CCC 1269 Having become a member of the Church, the person baptized belongs no longer to himself, but to him who died and rose for us. From now on, he is called to be subject to others, to serve them in the communion of the Church, and to "obey and submit" to the Church's leaders, holding them in respect and affection. Just as Baptism is the source of responsibilities and duties, the baptized person also enjoys rights within the Church: to receive the sacraments, to be nourished with the Word of God and to be sustained by the other spiritual helps of the Church.
Do we doubt what is clearly written in this Catechism of the Catholic Church? Should we question this Catechism? If so, then who exactly are we supposed to follow if not God's Church? Do we believe that Christ is the Head of the Church who guides her into all truths or not? When we want to become our own authority, we then put ourselves as God.