Neokatechumenale Gemeinschaften – Update 2

EucharistiefeierEin Brief von Kardinal Francis Arinze an die Initiatoren des neokatechumenalen Weges sorgt derzeit für großes Interesse der katholischen Medien.

Der Präfekt der Kongregation für den Gottesdienst und die Sakramentenordnung listet in sechs Punkten Anweisungen auf, die überwiegend die Feier der Eucharistie in den Gemeinschaften des Neokatechumenats betreffen.

In Deutschland berichten Kath.net und die Tagespost, wobei der Artikel der Tagespost nur ein sehr verzerrtes Bild der Tatsachen darstellt: Das mag unter anderem daran liegen, daß dem Autor offensichtlich das nötige Hintergrundwissen über den neokatechumenalen Weg fehlt, so daß einige alte Vorurteile erneut zum Tragen kommen.

Update 2: Deutsche Fassung des Briefes und Interview mit Giuseppe Gennarini bei Kath.net.

Besonders die Form des Kommunionempfangs (sitzend und übrigens nicht aus einem „Becher“, sondern aus einem Kelch) habe ich immer als äußerst würdig erlebt – in der Regel sogar tiefer und ruhiger als es die „normale“ Form zulässt. Dem Neokatechumenat hier eine fehlende Verehrung der eucharistischen Gestalten vorzuwerfen verdreht die Tatsachen ins Gegenteil.

Für sinnvoll halte ich dagegen die Ermahnung, die „Einführungen“ in die Schriftlesungen kurz zu halten – wobei dieser Hinweis auch manchen Pfarrern bzw. PastoralassistentInnen nicht schaden würde. Der „Wortdurchfall“ scheint mir eher ein allgemeines Problem unserer Kirche zu sein.

Ganz anders als die Tagespost hört sich das Interview mit Giuseppe Gennarini an, dem Verantwortlichen für den Weg in den USA. Gennarini beschönigt allerdings m.E. den Brief von Arinze, der tatsächlich einige harte Forderungen und Anfragen an die Gemeinschaften stellt.

Hier der Brief im englischen Wortlaut:

Congregatio de Cultu Divino et Disciplina Sacramentorum
Prot. 2520/03/L
From Vatican City, December 1, 2005

To the esteemed Mr. Kiko Argüello, Ms. Carmen Hernandez, and Rev. Father Mario Pezzi,

Following the conversations with this Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on the celebration of the Most Holy Eucharist in the communities of the Neocatechumenal Way, in keeping with the guidelines issued in the meeting with you on November 11 of this year, I am to inform you of the Holy Father’s decisions.

In the celebration of the Holy Mass, the Neocatechumenal Way shall accept and follow the liturgical books approved by the Church, without omitting or adding anything. Furthermore, in regard to some elements the guidelines and clarifications are emphasized as follows:

1. Sunday is the „Dies Domini” as the Servant of God Pope John Paul II wished to illustrate in the Apostolic Letter on the Lord’s Day. Therefore the Neocatechumenal Way must enter into dialogue with the diocesan bishop in order to make it clear that the community of the Neocatechumenal Way is incorporated into the parish even in the context of the liturgical celebrations. At least one Sunday per month, the communities of the Neocatechumenal Way must participate in the Holy Mass of the parish community.

2. As for any admonitions issued before the readings, these must be brief. Adherence must also be shown to what is set out in the „Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani” (nn. 105 and 128) and to the Praenotanda of the „Ordo Lectionum Missae” (nn. 15, 19, 38, 42).

3. The homily, because of its nature and importance, is reserved to the priest or deacon (cf. Codex Iuris Canonici, can. 767 § 1). As for the occasional contribution of testimonies on the part of the lay faithful, the proper places and methods for these are indicated in the Interdicasterial Instruction „Ecclesiae de Mysterio,” which was approved „in specific form” by Pope John Paul II and published on August 15, 1997. In this document, sections 2 and 3 of article 3 read as follows:

§2 – „It is permitted to have a brief instruction that helps explain better the liturgy that is being celebrated, and even, in exceptional circumstances, a few testimonies, as long as these conform to the liturgical norms, are offered on the occasion of Eucharistic liturgies celebrated on particular days (for seminarians, the sick, etc.), and are thought truly helpful as an illustration of the regular homily delivered by the celebrating priest. These instructions and testimonies must not assume characteristics that might cause them to be confused with the homily.”

§3 – „The possibility of ‘dialogue’ during the homily (cf. Directorium de Missis cum Pueris, no. 48) can be used occasionally and with prudence by the celebrating minister as a means of exposition, which does not transfer to others the duty of preaching.”

Careful attention must also be paid to the Instruction „Redemptionis Sacramentum,” no. 74.

4. On the exchange of peace, permission is granted to the Neocatechumenal Way to continue using the indult already granted, pending further instructions.

5. On the manner of receiving Holy Communion, a period of transition (not exceeding two years) is granted to the Neocatechumenal Way to pass from the widespread manner of receiving Holy Communion in its communities (seated, with a cloth-covered table placed at the center of the church instead of the dedicated altar in the sanctuary) to the normal way in which the entire Church receives Holy Communion. This means that the Neocatechumenal Way must begin to adopt the manner of distributing the Body and Blood of Christ that is provided in the liturgical books.

6. The Neocatechumenal Way must also make use of the other Eucharistic Prayers contained in the missal, and not only Eucharistic Prayer II.

In short, the Neocatechumenal Way, in its celebration of the Holy Mass, should follow the approved liturgical books, keeping in mind what is laid out above under the numbers 1,2,3,4,5, and 6.

Acknowledging the favors that the Lord has bestowed upon the Church through the many activities of the Neocatechumenal Way, I take this occasion to extend to you my best regards.

+ Francis Card. Arinze
Prefect

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Esteemed
Mr. ARGÜELLO Kiko, Ms. HERNANDEZ Carmen, Rev. Fr. PEZZI Mario
Via dei Gonzaga, 205
ROMA

Quelle: Chiesa.it
Neokatechumenat.de

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  1. Ich möchte im Zusammenhang mit dem o.g. Artikel in der „Tagespost“ auf zwei – wie mir scheint – sehr wichtige Leserbriefe in der gleichen Zeitung hinweisen:
    1) Leserbrief von Pfarrer Wolfgang Marx, Pfarrer Robert Krieger und Pfarrer Bernhard Rümmler – DT 07.01.2006
    2) Leserbrief „Überrascht und bestürzt“ von Giuseppe Genarini, Pressesprecher des Neokatechumenalen Weges – DT 05.01.2006

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    Herzlichen Gruß. Manfred

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