Chuck White continues to criticize Catholic teaching. Yes, I say Catholic teaching because the NCW is Catholic and upholds Catholic teaching. The Thoughtful Catholic once again criticized Kiko's words out of context. Chuck White calls Kiko Arguello a prophet in a sarcastic way only because he has heard some NCW members say he is a prophet. The jungle proclaimed Jesus as the last prophet, and anyone who calls others prophets are not Catholic. They cite the Muslims and the Mormons as examples. Muslims call Mohammed the last prophet and Joseph Smith was called a prophet by the Mormons. Both these groups are non-Christians. So, let us compare the words of the Popes and Catholic Apologetics to Kiko Arguello.
1. Kiko Arguello is called a prophet.
Pope Francis said, "All of us who are baptized are prophets."
Speech of Pope Francis
According to the speech of Pope Francis, calling Kiko Arguello a prophet is in line with what he said. Pope Francis stated, "All of us who are baptized are prophets." Therefore, the NCW is not going against what the Pope said. In fact, we are aligned to what he stated.
2. Kiko Arguello stated, "We Christians have no altar, because the only holy stone is Christ, the Cornerstone. So we can celebrate the Eucharist on a table; and we can celebrate in a square, in the country and where ever we like. We do not have a place in which you exclusively need to worship."
Pope John Paul II stated, "I have been able to celebrate Holy Mass in chapels built along mountain paths, on lakeshores and seacoasts. I have celebrated it on altars built in stadiums and in city squares...This varied scenario of celebrations of the Eucharist has given me a powerful experience of its universal and, so to speak cosmic character."
Pope John Paul II Encyclical
Chuck White highlighted only part of Kiko's words (See above). Now, look at what Mr. White did NOT highlight. The most important thing he chose not to highlight was the REASON why Christians have no altars. Now, why do you think Mr. White failed to highlight that part?
What is Christianity? Is Christianity about altars? No Even Pope John Paul II celebrated the Eucharist in stadiums and city squares. Pope Francis celebrated the Eucharist on a beach in Brazil. Is Christianity about priests? No. The Japanese Catholics survived without priests for many centuries. They survived on the Sacrament of Baptism alone. Is Christianity about the temple? No. The churches in the Middle East are being destroyed by terrorists, but Christianity still exists even with the destruction of the temples.
So, what is Christianity? Christianity is about Jesus Christ and has always been about Jesus Christ. As Kiko Arguello stated, "We Christians have no altars BECAUSE the only holy stone is Christ, the Cornerstone." All a Christian needs is Jesus Christ. The Christian altar, priest, and temple have always been Jesus Christ Himself. A Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ. He is not a follower of altars, priests, or temples.....but only Jesus Christ.
3. Kiko Arguello: "Thus we find that a whole series of ideas of natural religions entered into the liturgy: to offer things to God to appease him;....
Catholic Apologetics: "Natural religion is simply the religion a man would be obliged to practice, even if he never received a revelation from God. Man could know by reason alone that there is a God and that He must be acknowledged by a worship dictated by reason as to its form, and by obedience to the natural moral law as manifested by conscience. But this natural religion is not sufficient in the present condition of the human race. God has given to mankind a supernatural destiny higher than any merely natural destiny, and this requires the revelation of a knowledge higher than that which could be attained by the merely natural reason."
Catholic Apologetics Online
It would serve Mr. White more if he reads the Popes' encyclicals and Catholic Apologetics so he can understand his own Catholic faith better rather than criticize someone who already knows the Catholic faith.