Dialogue with Neocats

Yesterday a delegation from the community approached pp Mendes after Mass to express their concern over the growing number of items that have disappeared from the church. An attempt was made to read out the following statement:

We recently realised no-one has reported to you that yet another item is missing from St Vincent’s Church. For some weeks now we have not seen a framed print of a well known modern painting called The First Supper, which has been hanging at St V’s for many years. The original painting was entered in the Blake Prize for Religious Art. It features … Continue reading


The following article appeared on page 7 of Saturday’s Sydney Morning Herald.

Catholic faithful dig in for new battle

THE faithful of St Vincent’s Catholic Church, Redfern look set to outlast another conservative priest – but they are still waiting to have their prayers answered.

A group of long-time parishioners at the inner-city church have again come into conflict with its clergy, this time over a spontaneous approach to the prayers offered in Mass.

The approach is in keeping with the more vernacular and inclusive style of worship celebrated at the urban indigenous parish since the leadership of late … Continue reading


Despite the intense feelings of abuse and loss at having the Easter ceremonies celebrated(?) begrudgingly and with a palbable emanation of loathing, the Church Mouse remained silent, giving space to the deeply distressed community to voice its own concerns, which it certainly did, with a number of individuals writing to the heirarchy.

The sorry story is told in their letters, some of which are reproduced below.

The first collection of letters was addressed to Cardinal Pell and Mgr John Usher (Chancellor) of the Sydney Archdiocese.

Your Eminence,

We write once again in reference to the relationship between the Parish Priest, … Continue reading

Not this Way

This website receives the occasional email from individuals who seem to have misunderstood the Church Mouse’s position on matters Neocatechumenal. Here is a recent example (only the sender’s name has been changed).

From Matthew Lopoto
To church-mouse@lanuera.com
Date Sun, Mar 13, 2011 at 1:35 AM
Subject Re: Inquiry about the Neo-catechumenate.

Dear Sir/Madam/Rev.

I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus christ. I am glad that I have been able to get this contact. I am Matthew Lopoto, a seminarian studying in St. Mary’s National Seminary Ggaba, P.O.Box 1871, Kampala. I am doing theology … Continue reading

Fundamentalism or Neocat poetry?

The following opinion piece, Religion is poetry or it is nothing!, by Paul Collins, appeared in ABC Religion and Ethics Online last December, and was subsequently picked up by Cathnews (as Opinion – Threat to religion is from fundamentalism not atheism). Our own Sheila Quonoey reproduced the article in the March edition of her "Thoughts for the Month".

A couple of dozen or so copies were still floating around the back of the church this morning until defender of the church Mendes seized them, having decided that they were unsuitable material. He also commanded that the "Thoughts for … Continue reading

Heading the wrong Way for Japan

The country’s Neo-Cats need some time for reflection that will pave the way for dialog.

Over about the past 20 years, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan (CBCJ) has expended great time and energy on problems concerning the Neocatechumenal Way (which I refer to hereafter as simply ‘the Way’). To our extreme disappointment, these efforts have not improved the situation.

Of the passion and good intentions of the people of the Way, I have not the slightest doubt. Nevertheless, the Way’s activities over the past 30 years can in no way be called a success. The fact is that … Continue reading

Bishop speaks out on Neo-Cats

Bishop Osamu Mizobe of Takamatsu today issued a New Year pastoral letter titled “The Neocatechumenal Way” that described a visit by Japanese bishops to Rome to discuss problems that have arisen in connection with that movement in Japan.

The bishop announced that, “until we have received the visit of the special Envoy of the Holy Father all activities of the Neocatechumenal Way will be suspended in this diocese.”

Bishop Mizobe says that until now he has tried to deal with the problem of the Neocatechumenal Way in the Church in Japan “as quietly as possible,” hoping for “self-discipline.”

On … Continue reading

Japanese bishop seeks lay help with Neo-Cats

Movement’s net effect has been negative conference president says.
ucanews.com special correspondent, Tokyo

The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan (CBCJ) has called for the cooperation of priests and laypeople to confront "problems" with the Neocatechumenal Way, which he says has had a negative effect in the country.

“In those places touched by the Neocatechumenal Way, there has been rampant confusion, conflict, division, and chaos," the Jesuit Archbishop of Osaka, Leo Jun Ikenaga, said in a statement published in Katorikku Shimbun, the Catholic Weekly of Japan, yesterday.

“In Japan, the net effect has been negative,” said … Continue reading