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Neo Catechumen Movement
Question from Anonymous on 6/2/2007:

Please tell me what the Church thinks about the Neo Catechumen Movement. My son belongs to this movement, but at times I detect an arrogance and an inability to relate to family members as he did before. His belief in the movement's way seem to override a relationship with our family and our following the Catholic faith in a traditional way.

Answer by Matthew Bunson on 6/16/2007:

The movement is recognized by the Church and has the support of many Catholic leaders around the world. As is often the case with modern and newer movements in the Church – such as Opus Dei and the Charismatic Movement – they have their critics as well as large numbers of supporters.

I would suggest reading the following: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/Ronald_Haynes/neocat1.htm http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/Ronald_Haynes/neocat2.htm

This will provide a fair discussion of the movement.

You might also read an article on Archbishop (now Cardinal) George Pell of Sydney’s experience with the movement: http://www.catholicweekly.com.au/03/jun/15/20.html

Might I also encourage you to investigate the movement on your own? Read their literature, meet with members, and make up your own mind about them. If nothing else, you will be able to understand better your son’s activities and disposition.

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