Sunday, August 13, 2017

Saving Marriages

One reason why Archbishop Apuron invited the Neocatechumenal Way into Guam is due to its excellent track record in saving marriages.  Guam has a very high divorce rate, and many people here would rather shack up rather than marry. The laws in Guam also made it much easier to get a divorce.  Although the Way has been criticized of its liturgies, it has been the most successful in getting its members to live out a Christian marriage.  In the Way, families were also willing to give up everything to evangelize in foreign countries far from their homes.  These are called "mission families" in the Way. According to the article:
In reality, what most distinguishes the Way from other ecclesial movements and from the faithful as a whole is the centrality of the family in it, theorized and lived in perfect obedience to the magisterium of the Church of all times but in particular of the most recent popes, including that encyclical “Humanae Vitae” which is ignored and disobeyed by almost all Catholics with the general complicity of the clergy, but certainly not by the Neocatechumenals, in view of their generous fecundity.

It is no surprise, therefore, that in 2009 the pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family should have awarded Kiko, the founder of the Way, with a doctorate “honoris causa” precisely for his efforts in support of Christian marriage.

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Pope Francis receives 250 mission families from the Neocatechumenal Way and sends them out to evangelize in foreign countries.

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