2006-10-25 17:41:00

Neo-Catechumenate movement refutes reports about its intention to train Orthodox priests for Russian Church

Rome, October 25, Interfax – Leaders of the Catholic Neo-Catechumenate movement has refuted the allegations that an agreement was reached with the Moscow Patriarchate for joint training of Orthodox priests.

‘The leaders of the Neocatechumenal way regret the report about a meeting (of this organization’s leader Kiko Arguello – IF) with Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad’, reads the official letter Neo-Catechumenate has sent to the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations.

The authors of the letter have strongly denied that they informed (journalists – IF) about any ‘agreement’ with the aim to teach and train Orthodox priests.

‘Therefore they join the refutation made by the DECR secretary for inter-Christian relations, Rev. Igor Vyzhanov, in the interview he gave to Interfax on Tuesday, October 24’, the letter says.

‘No final agreement was concluded at the meeting. We treated their proposals with great caution’, Father Igor told Interfax yesterday.

He also stressed that the position of the Moscow Patriarchate on the results of this meeting was officially stated in the DECR communication press release of October 19, which reported among other things that His Eminence Kirill in his talk with Neo-Catechumenate leaders ‘pointed to the need for a closer look at each other’s spiritual traditions, first of all, to see if the ideas of today’s religious movements correspond to the theological tradition of the Orthodox Church’.

‘Naturally we have made no advances to Neo-Catechumenate’, the Moscow Patriarchate representative added.

Neo-Catechumenate is sometimes called a charismatic movement in Catholicism. It is disliked by some clergy and laity in the Roman Catholic Church for its insularity and excessively expressive methods of catechism.