Many of those who vehemently oppose the Neocatechumenal Way do not have first hand experience of walking in the Way; therefore, their criticisms are unfounded and unreliable. Their sources are from other blogs and websites of the same perspective. Other sources they rely on are disgruntled ex-neo members who were unable to face their reality of their sin during their walk. They give the same testimony of ex-Catholics who left the Church and joined Protestant fundamentalists. Here is an example of what an ex-Catholic said, and if you wish to read the entire article, the weblink is provided:
It’s not hard to understand why people are so excited about Pope Francis. Since his sensational interview last week, many have said that with his personal warmth and determination to put doctrine in the background, Francis is just the man to bring a lot of fallen-away Catholics back into the church.
Maybe. But I’m an ex-Catholic whose decision to leave the Catholic Church is not challenged by Francis’ words but rather confirmed.
We see from his statement above, that he left the Church and appears disgruntled by the Catholic Church. In the article, he goes on about everything wrong with the Catholic Church from the sex abuse scandal to the corruption. But his real reason for leaving the Church has more to do with his inability to face his reality of sin. An insight into his own testimony shows that:
What needed changing? Lots. My own brokenness was plain to me, and I was ready to turn from my destructive sins and become a new person. The one thing I didn’t want to do was surrender my sexual liberty, which was my birthright as a young American male. I knew, though, that without fully giving over my will to God, any conversion would be precarious. By then, I was all too wary of my evasions. To convert provisionally — that is, provided that the Church didn’t hassle me about my sex life — would really be about seeking the psychological comforts of religion without making sacrifices.
His real problem is he would not give up his sexual liberty, which he feels is his birthright.
It is the same with disgruntled ex-members of the Way. In the Neocatechumenal Way, members will face their reality of sin as this young man did in the article. Let us say, for example, that a man was told by his catechists to give up his girlfriend and return to his wife to work out their problems in the marriage. The person would then leave the Way and start telling everyone that the NCW is telling him how to run his life. This person would go to people like Tim Rohr or Chuck White and relate their story of how manipulative the Way is. He will go on and on about how the Way was trying to tell him what to do with his life. He will say that the catechists were trying to control him. But what he will leave out is the part about the catechists telling him to leave the girlfriend and return to his wife and save his marriage.
If this person were to go to a non-neo priest, he would be told the same thing. But of course, he does not do that. He simply spreads the rumor that the NCW brainwashes you into trying to control your life, and he leaves out the part where the catechists actually tells him to try and save his marriage.
Many ex-Catholics who join the Protestant fundamentalists will always look down on the Catholic Church, and these ex-Catholics are being used by the fundamentalists as their evidence of proving how corrupted and evil the Church is. Those who oppose the Way are very familiar with fundamentalist Protestant tactics. They also use ex-neo members the same way as fundamentalist Protestants use ex-Catholics to try to bring down the Catholic Church. Therefore, they are not reliable sources. The best way to find out the truth of the Neocatechumenal Way is to experience the Way yourself, so you can judge it from the perspective of one walking in the Way.