Monday, July 29, 2013

Kiko and Carmen know how WYD works ...

The post mortem of the XXVIIIth World Youth Day in Rio is under way.  There have been lots written about it.  From a numbers perspective, it exceeded every expectation.

But let us not talk about the numbers.

And let us, for goodness sake, not talk about the embarrassing videos of ecclesiastics dancing. Oh. My. Goodness.   Goodness knows, people could find one about me.

I did six World Youth Days: Denver, Rome, Toronto, Cologne, Sydney and Madrid  I enjoyed each one of them.  I learned something every time. And, well, here it is,  I learned that the only group who knows how to actually use World Youth Day for the good of the Church is the Neo-Catechumenal way.

Now many of my fervent and devout friends will remind me that the Neo-Catechumenal are liturgically novel.

Alright then, I will trust that the Holy Father will get all that straightened out.  But I am in total admiration of what they do before World Youth Day, during World Youth Day and after World Youth Day.

I do not know of any other group, neither a diocese nor a religious order that takes the pastoral strategy of World Youth Day so seriously.

Today, the day after the closing Mass, the Neo-Catechumenal Way under the leadership of the founders Kiko Aguerllo and Carmen Hernandez will hold a vocational meeting.  It will be there, in an altar call that young members of the Way will commit themselves to enter seminaries and religious houses.  It is extraordinary.

That is because they regularly meet with their young people, every week, for the entire three years prior to World Youth Day.  The commitment of each young person will mature, and by the time they reach World Youth Day, they will not be hankering to go to the beach, to hang out at discos and bars ... to be typical tourists.

No, these "cats" know what they are doing.  Admittedly they have a group already in place to do this.  And an apostolic way of life to support this kind of commitment.

I wish there were more efforts like it.  It would prevent World Youth Day from being like a fire-craker and more like a long burning candle in the life of the Church.


  1. Amen. That kind of organization and commitment are what is needed. There are hundreds of parishes out there with practically no meetings or events for youth. Too many of our parishes in Canada have become places where merely keeping the doors open on Sunday is considered success.

  2. 5,000 Youth Offer Themselves for Priesthood and Religious Life

    On Monday, a Vocational Meeting organized by the Neocatechumenal Way was held in Rio de Janeiro, which was attended by an estimated 50,000 youth from all over the world. The ecclesial reality hosts the meeting after every World Youth Day, which is moved by the desire to gather the fruits from the event.
    The meeting, which was flocked with people from all over the world, took place at the Congress Center of Riocentro a 2:30 pm (local time) and was carried out by the initiators and international responsible team of the Neocatechumenal Way: Kiko Argüello, Carmen Hernández and Fr. Mario Pezzi. The largest groups of pilgrims present came from Brazil, the United States, Italy and Spain.
    After the presentation of the cardinals and other prelates, Argüello continued the meeting announcing the kerygma, and before concluding, made a vocational call to send missionary priests to Asia. 3,000 young men answered the call to enter the seminary while 2,000 young women answered the call to enter the consecrated life. These youth will begin, in their respective countries, a process that will help them to discern if this is the vocation to while God is calling them to.
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 31, 2013 (

  3. Fr. Nicholson, I believe your intentions are good but that you are gravely mistaken in your assessment of the Neocatechumenal Way. This movement (or should I say cult) is decidedly UN-Catholic. It was founded by a guitarist and an ex-nun in the 1960s. They deny transubstantiation, the sacrificial character of the Mass, the Council of Trent, as well as traditional Catholic prayers (such as Marian devotion) and piety. Take all of the abuses of the Novus Ordo and put them on steroids, and you have the Neocat liturgy. I suggest that you read the following articles very carefully--they detail both the heteropraxis and heterodoxy of this movement, along with links to videos where you can watch the Neocats themselves in action, and read quotes from their own writings:

    I had the unfortunate experience of stumbling into a Neocat "celebration" (they don't like calling it "Mass") last fall when trying to find a Church to go to out in Tucson. Inside the "church" (sure didn't look like one from outside), all of the pews, none of which had kneelers, faced towards a big table in the center of the room. The place was packed with people talking loudly--it sounded like a cafeteria. There were giant tv screens on the walls with videos of people who were interviewed sharing their "faith experiences." There were no holy water fonts by the entrances. At first I genuinely wasn't sure if I had entered a Catholic church. It took me about 5 minutes to locate a crucifix, which was off to one side of the room. After seeing that and realizing what I had stumbled into, needless to say, I left.

    What is needed to save the Church is a return to tradition, NOT conversion to liturgical novelties and revolution. That 5,000 youth have offered themselves to religious life in this movement at WYD this year is rather cause for lamentation, not celebration.

  4. dear johannes, you got it wrong.the cross is always alongside the lectern(WORD OF GOD).an icon of our Lady finds the most prominent place in the assembly becoz she has been a great insipration.the mass is called eucharist and rightly so.just one visit is insufficient to realize the charisms of the way which is so one with the church teachings and the II vatican councl. eric

  5. I second. Fr. Paul, you are gravely mistaken. Gravely. This is a parallel church. I can prove it. We have a very explosive situation in our diocese unfolding that has been ten years in the making. Keep an eye on


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