Concern for the future of the Church in Denmark because of The Neocatechumenal Way

A letter to Bishop Czeslaw Kozon (Copenhagen), the Episcopal Council, the Presbyteral Council, and the Chairperson of the Diocesan Pastoral Council, Maria Truelsen.

30. juli 2015  (update 19. aug. 2017)

A letter to Bishop Czeslaw Kozon (Copenhagen), the Episcopal Council, the Presbyteral Council, and the Chairperson of the Diocesan Pastoral Council, Maria Truelsen.

"...our concern for the future of the Church in Denmark because of the operations and growing influence in this diocese of the organization called The Neocatechumenal Way"


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Bishop Czeslaw Kozon
The Episcopal Council
The Presbyteral Council
The Chairperson of the Diocesan Pastoral Council, Maria Truelsen

April 24, 2015

 

Dear Bishop Czeslaw Kozon, dear members of the Episcopal Council, of the Presbyteral Council and the Chairperson of the Diocesan Pastoral Council, Maria Truelsen.

With this letter, we wish to express our concern for the future of the Church in Denmark because of the operations and growing influence in this diocese of the organization called The Neocatechumenal Way (referred to herein as NCW, and as an adjective as NC). This is in our opinion a justifiable concern.

In the course of the years, the bishop has repeatedly been made aware of the often serious problems and divisions in our parishes, which many of the faithful have experienced whenever a NC priest has received the office of pastor, or associate in the Catholic Church in Denmark. Because we view this matter and its appropriate solution to be not only pressing but as well both acute and of vital import for the future of the Church in Denmark, we address ourselves simultaneously to the Episcopal Council, the Presbyteral Council and the Diocesan Pastoral Council. We are sending this letter as well to the Holy See’s nuncio to the Nordic Countries and to the Nordic Bishops’ Conference for their information.

We speak as individuals; however, taken together, we represent a broad spectrum of the life of the Catholic Church in Denmark, with which all of us have a long and active history of involvement. Some of us have participated for some time in a broad network of study and sharing, which began as a reaction to various experiences with the NCW in our parishes. Among this group, several have first-hand knowledge of the NCW, either as one-time participants in “The Way” or through work in a parish with a priest from the NCW.

In order to judge the NCW’s impact fairly, we have examined whether similar problems are found in other countries. We asked, for example, if it is only in our country that NC clergy and NC lay members have problems integrating themselves into already existing parochial communities. We have studied what the NCW believes in, and what the causes may be of the concerns expressed by a number of bishops and pastors, theologians and laity from all continents in regards to the NCW’s impact. A goodly number of these sources express serious reservations about the NCW and the problems with the organization’s theology, its catechetical and missiological methods, as well as its peculiar organizational structure and its lack of enculturation in the societies it works in. From these problems follow a notable tendency to form isolated enclaves within existing parishes with all the peculiar catechetical programs, separate liturgical traditions and closed cliques that flow from there.

These sources have confirmed our worries about the consequences of the NCW’s activities for the Catholic Church in Denmark. In the attached dossier entitled “Aspects of the Neocatechumenal Way’s operations which are especially worrisome,” we have underlined those particular aspects of the NCW’s activities, which in our opinion especially lead to or can lead to problems for the Church and therefore for the faithful in Denmark.

At the same time, it is important to emphasize that the contents of this letter are in no way aimed at concrete individuals within the organization.

Our mission is, rather, to point out the risk that the relatively massive presence and influence of the NCW presents in the long run, in our estimation, for such a small local church like the Danish. This risk endangers both the faith and the formal Church membership of Danish Catholics, the institution of the Church and the survival of the Catholic Tradition as it has been developed and built up by the present bishop’s predecessors in the episcopal office as well as by both past and present generations of priests, religious and laity.

Every one of us nurtures a deep love and concern for the Church. This our request is, therefore, an urgent appeal to our bishop – in cooperation with the relevant diocesan organizations and building upon this diocese’s vision for the Church – to re-examine the direction that the life and structure of the Catholic Church in Denmark has taken. This re-examination must ensure that the Church in Denmark retains its Catholicity. It must ensure that the dangerous drift, which already now is to be seen in the NCW’s operations and influence in such a small local church like ours in Denmark, is returned to a healthy course.

We kindly ask that replies to this appeal be addressed to all the signatories. Our e-mail addresses are visible in the electronic cover letter. We will happily take part in a discussion aimed at clarifying our appeal, if anyone wishes.

Sincerely,

Niels Henrik Assing, Sct. Andreas-Sct. Therese, Hellerup-Charlottenlund
Nina Marie Lassen, Vor Frue, Herlev
Frans Josef Meyer, Sct. Ansgar, Domkirken
Grethe Livbjerg, Sct. Andreas-Sct. Therese, Hellerup Charlottenlund
Kristian Assing, Sct. Albani, Odense
Erik Schou, Sct. Maria, Hjørring
Ole Schnell, Sct. Mariæ, Aalborg
Ursula Assing, Sct. Andreas-Sct. Therese, Hellerup-Charlottenlund
Pablo Cristoffanini, Sct. Mariæ, Aalborg
Ingerid Cristoffanini, Sct. Mariæ, Aalborg
Jean-Pierre Duclos, Vor Frue, Herlev
Gunhild Lindstrøm, Vor Frue, Herlev
Hans Kargaard Thomsen, Sct. Mariæ, Frederiksberg
Kirsten Wenneberg, Jesu Hjerte, København
Marianne Meyer, St. Vilhelm, Hillerød
Birte Just Kjølby, Skt. Knud, Ringsted
Gertrud Kristine Petersson, Sct. Pauls, Taastrup
Ruth Pallisgaard Meyer, Sct. Ansgar, Domkirken
Per Meyer, Sct. Ansgar, Domkirken
Sigrid M. Lassen, Vor Frue, Herlev
Alison Høyer, Sct. Knud Lavard, Kgs. Lyngby
Astrid Andresen, Sct. Andreas-Sct. Therese, Hellerup-Charlottenlund
Arturo Pacheco, Sct. Andreas-Sct. Therese, Hellerup-Charlottenlund
Birthe Blichert-Toft , Sct. Mariæ, Frederiksberg
Mogens Blichert-Toft, Sct. Mariæ, Frederiksberg

cc: The Apostolic Nuncio, the Nordic Bishops’ Conference

att: Aspects of the Neocatechumenal Way’s operations that are especially worrisome

 

 

Letter and attachment in PDF:

Letter with attachment: 'Our concern for the future of the Church in Denmark because The Neocatechumenal Way' <here>

Tema:

Special section on the NCW - in Danish: 'Den Neokatekumenale Vandring' <her>



Tema: Den Neokatekumenale Vandring: <her>