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Neocatechumenal Way should suspend work in Japan: Archbishop of Tokyo

Catholic World News - February 02, 2011

The Neocatechumenal Way should suspend its work in Japan, despite support from the Vatican, according to Archbishop Peter Takeo Okada of Tokyo.

In January the Vatican Secretariat of State has overruled a decision by the Japanese bishops’ conference to suspend the work of the Neocatechumenal Way in that country for 5 years. But Archbishop Okada observed that the Vatican’s decision leaves individual bishops free to determine the status of the Neocatechumenal Way in their own dioceses.

Archbishop Okada was frank in stating his own opinion that the Way should cease activities in Japan for a time, to repair fractured relations with local Church leaders.

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  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Feb. 02, 2011 11:22 PM ET USA

    More ambiguity from the Vatican!

  • Posted by: Wolf of Gubbio - Feb. 02, 2011 8:15 PM ET USA

    Having seen how the Neocats conduct the Holy Mass, I have very grave concerns about them myself. They appear to offer the Mass in the way the worst excesses of the abuses following the Council did so (which we seem to be leaving behind, thankfully). Why can't they offer Holy Mass according to the Tradition of the Church? Why can't they follow the books like everybody else is supposed to?

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