I am honestly surprised how we Christians and especially
Catholics have a way of bashing at each other. It was really sad
reading the material on your website and I say this without any
anger but out of love for our Christian faith.
I am a person who has been in the neocathcecumenal way for over
18 years and if there is anything that changed me from the 'I am God'
syndrome I sufferred from and the belief that I do not need God in
my life it was the prompting of God and the Word that I received
through the NCW. I was always proud and rebellious, I was unfaithful
to my wife more than once and at one time when I stopped going to
the NCW for three years I ended up doing the same things and it was
difficult to get up from the depths of material depravasion I was
falling into. Again I was prompted by an inner feeling to go to the
NCW again and through the loving unjudgemental support of the
cathecists I started going back and God provided me the exact words
I needed to hear to challenge my obsession with self-fulfillment and
selfishness. So please do not say that the NCW is all rotten because
it is not.... it is the way that God has constantly used to call me
to Him, I who am a sinner I admit but at the same time try to be
open to God's proddings.
I can honestly tell you that you do not get brainwashed in the
NCW unless you want to become so. I always was my own person and
when I wanted to stop, I just stopped and although my group used to
phone to tell me when the next meeting is for the first few weeks
after we left they NEVER EVER tried to persuade me to come. You
might say, how come you had spent years in the NCW andyou ended up
doing the same things for three years. Good question ....and a
simple answer. I was still proud of myself and had not fully
accepted God. And like it is said in the bible when one devil leaves
you he will try to get three more and come back to you unless you
are sound in your beliefs. My problem was that I fell back to my old
ways not because the NCW does not work but because I was not doing
what I should have done.....I was not praying the Lauds, I was not
going for the weekly meetings and I was going back to my old ways....until
the devil presented his biggest challenge for me.... and I fell back
in a life of corruption that was going to destroy may family and my
children. I even became involved in the New Age thinking and
personal development stuff that was leading me back to the occult.
Thank God a lot of people were praying for me and I finally ended up
going back to the NCW....at first I was very rebellious even when I
went back but slowly through the Word provided by the bible that
kept coming up during our NCW meetings I realized that God wanted me
to find peace by letting go of my superiority and pride and letting
him take control of my life..... and when I say HIM I mean God not
the NCW.. The NCW for me is just a means of hearing the word of God
and letting it work in your life. I am now living a life where I am
praying a lot everyday, even saying the rosary (I would never have
imagined I would do such a thing before!!!) and I do it without
effort and enjoy it.
It is also not correct to say that NCW brainwashes people.....
those who like me have a personal experience of salvation to recount
because they discovered God through the NCW and had their families
saved will naturally be energized and enthusiastic about the NCW. I
also tell my friends about it when I see them stuck in life but I do
so simply out of love because I found that God spoke to me through
it, not because I have some crush or special love for the NCW itself.
If the pope said 'stop going to NCW' I would do so immediately with
no problems, although I believe that even if some changes may be
done as requested by the pope in the future, I do not think that the
NCW will be stopped.... but if the Pope said we should not continue
it I would stop going without any problems.
Also the things stated about the NCW on your website recounted by
the person who used to go there have been given a twisted negativity
which I find unfair. I lived through many of those passages
mentioned and look at them as a time of liberation and a gift of
As regards the money given no one ever made me give 10% of the
money...it is just suggested that you do. Actually I rarely do
although it is something I wish to do and no one checks on anyone so
again that is an exagerration. As regards the children I am happy to
say that God has given me the grace that without much effort, 3 of
my 4 children are now in the NCW and being 15 and 17 years olds you
can imagine how happy I am in a world that is so desacralized and
materialistic. You cannot imagine what a gift it is for me to know
that my children will have at least a solid Christian foundation in
a world that is hating religion with its post-modern and
relativistic views that are intollerant of us Christians.
I am sorry for this long message but as a brother in Christ I
felt I had to tell you that the NCW is I believe a fruit of the Holy
Spirit and a lot of good is coming out of it. Of course we are weak
persons like everyone and we are no better than any others, actually
I feel that I am in the NCW because I am a worse sinner than most
people around me and God has disciplined me by giving me a difficult
way to follow so I absolutely do not feel any better than others
because I am in the NCW....far from it.
I believe Christianity is moving towards a time when we will be
rediculed for our beliefs, when Christians will be considered a
threat to an 'open-minded' society that says it is liberal but which
is intollerant to christians and ready to destroy them.
So I think we should not judge each other as Christian... on the
contrary we should work together for the glory of God and our Lord.
Let us put Jesus as our Lord and use humbly any means the Holy
Spirit provides us to come to God. I believe the NCW is one of them
because my personal story attests to it. Jesus said you will test
the spirits and people by the fruit that they bear. I can attest
that the NCW bore the fruit of saving my marriage twice, making me
closer to my children, helping me to give my children a Christian
background and helping me to become aware of my pride and egoistic
behaviour... these I believe are good fruit of the Holy Spirit and
so I feel at peace in the NCW.
I am sorry I wrote for so long but I do this out of love for our
Lord Jesus Christ and out of love for the Catholic Church and
brotherhood between Christians.
May God bless us all and let us love each other
Reggie Aquilina, Malta
And this is our reply:
Well, "Catholics bashing each other" is actually one of the
approximate names of the best demonstration that there still
*exists* some catholicism. The only "peaceful" catholic world is the
saltless one, where fathers are not against sons, and daughters not
While everyone may agree you healed from the "I am God" syndrome
while doing the NCW, you cannot deny that it happened while
tampering with faith and liturgy. In a meeting in Porto San Giorgio
in 1999, Kiko Argüello, founder of the NCW, explicitly admitted the
presence of "wrong or somewhat unorthodox" expressions in his
teaching, but they never changed - and no one, not even Bishops and Cardinals, is able to
verify if the "secret" approved teachings are actually used by the
so-called "catechists". And NCW Masses are -at best- full of
liturgical abuses (examples: ending "dance", neverending
"resonances", Communion "while seating", nine-branched "menorah" on
the hyper-flowerized "table" used to avoid Altars...), abuses
explicitly and repeatedly condemned by the Holy Father and even by
the NCW Statute itself.
On September 30, 2011 (Madrid, salōn La Pizarra), Kiko publicly
recalled a recent meeting with card. Caņizares Llovera. Kiko told to
card. Caņizares: "look: we communicate while seating". January 20,
2012: Benedict XVI tells again to NCW members to "faithfully follow
the Liturgical Books".
Who is wrong? Benedict XVI or Kiko?
Who is actually "bashing"?
Any vaguely religious community could help anyone to fight
against the "I am God" syndrome: even the Watchtower Society could.
But being Catholic is more than any Devout Behaviour.
If I was a devil, I would gladly welcome any spiritual "Way"
censoring at least one or two aspects of the Catholicism. Imagine a
faithful and charitable life, with a bad liturgy. Or an excellent
liturgy with zero charity. Or a wonderful liturgy and charity with
bad teachings. Or an intensely spiritual way, with liturgical abuses
and a number of wrong teachings. Or, simply, some poisoned honey in
Your description of your past life and sins does not even
remotely change the fact that to normal people like you, an
"poisoned honey" is worse than "a self-declared poison".
Your description of your current religious joys and activities
does not take into account NCW disobedience to the Holy Father, to
Liturgical books (mandatory for *every* Catholic), even to its own
Statute (article 13, note 49).
While you say that until the Pope says "stop going to NCW" you
will go, those liturgical abuses and those wrong teachings (and all
the direct consequences: "arcane" teachings, weird fund collection,
undeniable psychological pressure on most brothers...) are still
there. Benedict XVI and John Paul II told many times "stop
liturgical abuses" and NCW people did not. Kiko still brags about "Communion
while seating". How can we believe you when you talk about waiting a
Pope saying "stop going to NCW"?
"Fruit of the Holy Spirit" surely describes the will to pray, the
will to accept children as gifts from God, and so on. But it cannot
describe liturgical abuses, "kikolatry", disobedience to the Holy
Father and hypocrisy. Yes, hypocrisy: on a Sunday morning NCW people
exhibited a giant "Tu es Petrus" banner. Yes, "Tu es Petrus", a few
hours apart from liturgical abuses.
After many years trying to show the Neocatechumenal problems, we
are still amazed by the number of NCW members willing to blatantly
lie, in order to protect the NCW and its founders and its "catechists".
Why a "Fruit of the Holy Spirit" requires lying? Why a "Fruit of the
Holy Spirit" requires disobedience to the Holy Father? Why?