5th. to maintain regular relations with the diocesan bishops;
6th. to maintain regular relations with the Pontifical Council for the Laity, the dicastery to which the Holy Father has entrusted the responsibility of accompanying the Neocatechumenal Way,9 as well as with the other dicasteries of the Holy See within the scope of their respective competence, keeping the Pontifical Council of the Laity informed;Therefore, the approved Statutes of the Way placed Kiko Arguello (the founder) between the Pope and the Bishops. As founder of the NCW, Kiko is required by the Vatican to maintain regular relations with the diocesan bishops and with the Holy See through the Pontifical Council for the Laity. If anyone disagrees with this set-up, they may write a letter of complaint to the Vatican because they were the ones who established this set-up in the first place.
Secondly, as the current consultor of the Pontifical Council of the Laity, Kiko Arguello maintains regular relations with the Pontifical Council of the Laity and other dicasteries of the Holy See.
The new instructions on how to celebrate the Eucharist did not come from Father Pius. It came from the Pope and went to Kiko Arguello and then to Archbishop Myers (Archbishop of Newark) and then to Gusippe Gennarini (the head catechists of the United States). By the time the new instructions came to the territory of Guam, Archbishop Apuron was made aware of it along with Father Pius. Father Pius gave us the new instructions on how to celebrate the Eucharist. He said that these instructions came from Kiko who in turn received it from the Pope. THIS does not mean that Archbishop Apuron was skipped or was unaware of the new instructions. So, anonymous, please do not put words that I never said in my mouth. All authority comes from the Pope and the Magisterium of the Church. The new instruction came from the Pope.
Finally, regarding the controversy of January 20, 2012, in which stories were circulated around saying the NCW conspired to get approval without the Pope's knowledge, this is what I have to say:
The only place I could find these conspiracy stories were in all the anti-Neo websites such as the one below:
The same conspiracy stories were copied and pasted all over the anti-Neo websites. That is the only place you can find them in. However, a decree WAS published and APPROVED, which was dated on January 8, 2012. It was a decree that approved ALL the celebrations of the Neocatechumenal Way.
Of course, ALL rites in the NCW Celebration not found in the Liturgical books would need the approval of the Vatican.....NOT the rites that are ALREADY approved in the liturgical books.
According to the Vatican Information Service Bulletin:
VATICAN CITY, 20 JAN 2012 (VIS) - The Pontifical Council for the Laity today published a decree approving the celebrations contained in the Catechetical Directory of the Neo-Catechumenal Way. The decree is dated 8 January, Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and bears the signatures of Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko and Bishop Josef Clemens, respectively president and secretary of the council.
The text published today reads: "By a decree of 11 May 2008 the Pontifical Council for the Laity gave definitive approval to the Statutes of the Neo-Catechumenal Way. Subsequently, following due consultation with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, by a decree of 26 December 2010, the council gave approval to the publication of the Catechetical Directory as a valid and binding instrument for the catechesis of the Neo-Catechumenal Way.
"Now, pursuant to articles 131 and 133 paragraphs 1 and 2 of the Apostolic Constitution 'Pastor Bonus' on the Roman Curia, the Pontifical Council for the Laity, having received the 'nulla osta' of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, grants approval to those celebrations contained in the Catechetical Directory of the Neo-Catechumenal Way which are not, by their nature, already regulated by the liturgical books of the Church".http://www.archindy.org/criterion/vatican/2012/vis0120.html