Problems with the Initial Catechesis of the Neocatechumenal Way

The initial phase of catechesis in the Neocatechumenal Way  (NCW) consists of fifteen catechetical sessions, followed by a weekend “Convivence” (from the Spanish, “convivencia”, meaning “living together” or “coexistence”) retreat where a new NCW community will be “born”.   These sessions, called “days” in the Catechetical Directory of the NCW, follow this schema:

Schema of Initial Phase of Catechesis


Here are some critiques of the content of these sessions as they are detailed in the first volume of the Catechetical Directory of the NCW:

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6 thoughts on “Problems with the Initial Catechesis of the Neocatechumenal Way”

  1. The Pope LOVES what the Neocatechumenal Way is providing regardless of a few so-called mistranslated exerts of the initial catechesis . Long live Kiko!

    1. “mistranslated exerts (sic)”??

      No, Ralph, the quotations are verbatim from the original English…just pull out your copy to check.

  2. Hello Chuck !!
    I’m a Catholic from Iraq, and I’m in the NCW since a year and a half, and I want to leave this way.
    When I first joined, I was very happy, but some time ago I began to discover things that I didn’t like (most of them on your blog and thanks to you) especially the things that happen in the scrutinies. My question is: how can I get the catechetal directories ? because “my chatechests” suerly won’t give me a copy or lend me one..
    I hope you can help me with this.
    pray for me..

    1. Fadi, you are in a cult, and you need to get out. Having said that, all thirteen volumes are not available, but one can get the first four volumes (out of 13) in Italian by googling:

      “Orientamenti alle equipes di catechisti” neocatecumenale filetype:PDF

      1. Thanks a lot Chuck !
        I’m sure these will be helpful (after getting them translated of course), and I assure you that I’ve left this cult forever. Another thing is, that I’m a bit afraid of starting to tell people about what this way really is, because I’ll face many problems… do you recommend anything ?
        thanks again !
        pray for Iraqi christians.

        1. Dear Fadl:
          In the first place, I pray often for our brothers and sisters who have suffered so much in Iraq.
          As for the so-called scrutinies, such a procedure has never been allowed in the Church. As far back as the fifth century Pope Leo the Great (440-461) forbade any such manifestations or questioning regarding the personal sins of members of the Church. These are matters for Confession, which has the guarantee of the sacramental seal. I hope you have already left that sect, and I pray that the Lord will give you much strength to bear witness to him in the difficult situation that exists in Iraq, although are present it seems to be improving.

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