On February, 2014 Pope Francis confirmed Kiko Arguello for five more years as Consultor for the Pontifical Council for the Laity. An anonymous poster dismissed this position as irrelevant.
Kiko Arguello confirmed Consultor For Pontifical Council
First of all, what is the Pontifical Council for the Laity. According to the Vatican website:
The Pontifical Council for the Laity is a dicastety of the Roman Curia that assists the Holy Father in the exercise of his supreme office for the good and the service of the universal Church and the particular Churches, as regards the promotion and coordination of the lay apostolate and, in general, the Christian life of lay people.............
The Council, therefore, is one of the instruments assisting the universal Pastor of the Church in the field of competence he assigns to each one. They render this assistance directly, in obedience and readiness to serve, so that the mission entrusted by Christ to Peter and his successors may be carried out in the most effective manner possible.
And what is the role of the Consultor? According to the Vatican website (the bold is my emphasis):
4.2. Members and consultors
Whereas the members of the Congregations are mainly cardinals and bishops – with the addition, in certain cases, of “some clerics and other Christian faithful”(21) – the majority of the members and consultors of the Pontifical Council are lay people, appointed – together with certain bishops – by the Holy Father for a period of five years. The bishops are generally chosen because of their particular function, especially as secretaries of other departments of the Curia.
“This Council (composed of men and women) is an expression of the different continents, the different cultures and age-groups of God's people. It has certainly not been possible to include all the situations and the social conditions of humanity... But, such as it is, the Council must endeavour to represent the laity as a whole”.(22) The Pope can therefore affirm that, in addressing the members and consultors, he is “in a way addressing all the laity”.(23) There is no question of a formal representation of Christian communities, associations of the faithful and other bodies, but only of the diversity of situations and experiences which the members and consultors – although appointed in a personal capacity – can express and interpret within the Council, which becomes in this way a presence of the laity in the Roman Curia, an expression of their concerns and hopes at the heart of the universal Church.
The members are called together periodically for plenary assemblies. On the basis of the experiences, the needs and expectations of lay people throughout the world, they discuss the general orientation and the programmes of the Council. The consultors are called to express an opinion on matters of their competence in theological, canonical, pastoral and similar fields.
It appears that Kiko's position as Consultor for the Pontifical Council for the Laity is not irrelevant after all. When the Pope addressed the members and consultors, he is "in a way addressing all the laity." So, in 2008, a change took place in how we were to receive the Body of Christ. We receive the Body of Christ standing up, and then we sit down. While seated we contemplate on the Body of Christ, which is resting on the throne of our hands. After everyone receives the Body of Christ, we would consume it sitting down. According to what I heard from Father Pius, this change came from Kiko who in turn received it from the Pope. So, if the Pope told Kiko, who is the Consultor representing the Way.....then essentially the Pope is telling the members of the Way of the change. The approved Statutes of the Neocatechumenal Way also states that Kiko Arguello (the International Team) must maintain close relations to the Diocesan Bishops. Since Kiko is the Consultor, whatever the Pope addressed to them at the Council must be told to the Diocesan Bishops who then in turn inform the laity (in this case the members of the Way).