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Vatican approval for Neocatechumenal Way looks likely

It has its detractors in the Church, especially in Japan, but the Neocatechumenal Way looks set to gain Papal approval at an audience on January 20.

  • Sandro Magister
  • Vatican City
  • January 16, 2012
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As on other occasions in the past, this January as well, on Friday the 20th, Benedict XVI will meet in the audience hall of the Vatican with thousands of members of the Neocatechumenal Way, with their founders and leaders, the Spaniards Francisco "Kiko" Argüello and Carmen Hernández.

One year ago, at the audience of January 17, 2011, the pope told the enthusiastic audience that the thirteen volumes of the catechism in use in their communities had received the longed-for approval, after a very lengthy examination begun in 1997 by the congregation for the doctrine of the faith, and after numerous corrections had been introduced, with about 2000 references to parallel passages of the official catechism of the Catholic Church.

Next January 20, however, the leaders and members of the Way expect from the supreme authorities of the Church an even more ardently desired "placet." The official and definitive approval of what is their most visible, but also most controversial, distinctive trait: the way in which they celebrate the Mass.

Full Story: "Placet" or "Non placet"? The wager of Carmen and Kiko

Source: Chiesa/L'Espresso 
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