Sunday, August 17, 2014
The Neocatechumenal Way Saved Many
Editor's note: The following is in response to "The Way shows signs of a cult or sect" by Charles White, which was published Aug. 4 in the Opinion section.
I have been "walking" in the Neocatechumenal Way since 1997 and find it hard to believe that such garbage can be spewed from the mouth of someone claiming to be close to the goodness of God.
Please get your facts straight about the Neocatechumenal Way! And while you are at it, check out the stats on how many youths from The Way (including those from Guam) attended the last World Youth Day in Brazil, and the one before in Spain, and the one before that in Germany and even Israel in the year 2000. And while you are at it again, check the numbers on those who "walk" in communities in Italy and Spain alone where the popes were "invited" to celebrate the Eucharist and did.
The Neocatechumenal Way works! For me and at least 200,000-plus in just Italy alone, where Roman Catholicism rules! More than 50,000 communities exist throughout the world today.
Out of love for you, I suggest you go through what you heard we go through, a "Scrutiny" by a "panel" and get to the core of all this blog hatred and anger, and disrespect you have for the archbishop and the Neocatechumenal Way. These are serious judgements and everyone knows a judgement is not a problem of the other but of the one with the judgement.
The archbishop, who allowed The Way to come to Guam, saved me from suicide as I journeyed through the suffering of a divorce. But of course you have never experienced this, you have no idea, and I pray you never will.
You will never know the countless lives and marriages it has saved around the world, let alone in Guam. I know hatred and anger when I see it; it is a tremendous suffering! You are obsessed with this vendetta against Archbishop Apuron and the Neocatechumenal Way.
The Neocatechumenal Way changed my attitude. All of the events in my life, in your life too, good and bad, are not a mistake. God allows all to happen for our own good -- and to manifest his glory to me and you. I was very angry at Him, I blamed Him for everything bad and all that went wrong in my life. I believed for a long time that every man that walked this Earth was a jerk! But guess what? The Way has changed all this.
Mr. White, we are all children of God, brothers and sisters in Christ. All roads lead to heaven, you through the Friary in Agana Heights and me through The Neocatechumenal Way at San Vicente/San Roke Church in Barrigada.
The Neocatechumenal Way will never separate, deviate, break away, whatever word you want to use, from the Mother Church. And nothing will separate you, Mr. (Tim) Rohr, and us from the love of God! Now how awesome is that?
Deborah Torres is a resident of Tamuning.