God Bless America

No less than three emails arrived overnight from our Neocat saviour (Neocats will save us) in the USA.
Here they are:

from MArcos Antonio PAtino
date Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 2:55 AM
subject Church Mouse: World Youth Day! Rocks!

Dear Church Mouse,

Michael claimed we don’t donate or spend time in a Homeless shelter really? When was the last time you spent time in a homeless shelter.

For our World Youth DAy projects our parish send a group to Guatamela on bringing health care to small children outside of the Capital.

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Ticket to Heaven

A copy of the Perth Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary Redemptoris Mater October newsletter found its way to the Church Mouse’s desk a few days ago. It contains a par on the whereabouts of Denis Sudla, former assistant pp at St Vincent’s. The people of Nepal will be in the Mouse’s prayers this Christmas.

Far more disturbing is the following item:

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The Lenten Season of the ‘Way’: Double Penance, in Rome and Jerusalem

First the pope, and then the bishops of the Holy Land level two stern warnings at the Neocatechumenal Way.

Here’s how, and why.

Source: http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/dettaglio.jsp?id=124623&eng=y

ROMA, March 5, 2007 – In the span of three days, the Neocatechumenal Way has received two weighty admonitions: the first from the pope, and the second from the bishops of the Holy Land.

The Neocatechumenal Way, founded in Spain in the 1960’s and directed by the laypersons Kiko Argüello (in the photo) and Carmen Hernández, and by Fr. Mario Pezzi, is one of the most flourishing Catholic movements. It counts 20,000 communities … Continue reading

Interesting reading

Some links to material on the Neocats:

Church Mouse has found that most of the sites offering support to the Way have very little to say, or simply regurgitate a superficial party line. The following sites offer most of what you will find out there.

Neocats in Kelmscott – Update 2

Update from the Good Shepherd Parish in Kelmscott

Excerpts from a message received May 30, 2005:

Last week one of our parishioners was asked to visit the Parish priest with a view to discussing the use of the Parish hall (which is now very difficult to access because of the Neocat services). When he fronted, he was ambushed by the Parish priest and his assistant in that they wanted to know who the leader of this dissenting group was, where did we all meet, what was spoken of and so on. When he refused, he … Continue reading

Neocats and religious life

Is the Neo-Catechumenate Way Compatible with Religious Life?

Updated version of an article first published in Religious Life Review, Ireland, Jan-Feb 1994 , Vol.33, No.164 by Gerald A. Arbuckle, sm

Gerald Arbuckle, sm, Ph.D., is a graduate in social anthropology from Cambridge University, a former assistant-general of the Marist Fathers, Rome, and professor of pastoral anthropology at the East Asian Pastoral Institute, University of Manila, Philippines. He is currently a co-director of the Refounding and Pastoral Development Research Unit, Sydney. Of his ten published books, four have received awards from the Catholic Press Association of the United States. … Continue reading