Last week, Margaret, a Catholic from a Neocatechumenal parish in the southern United States, posted some comments on one of my posts on the Neocatechumenal Second Scrutiny.
MAY 23, 2016 AT 6:26 PM
I can tell you the questions my catechist asked me, they asked if I had sold all of my belongings like instructed on the first scrutiny. (I hadn’t sold everything) they said that my idols were still material things. they asked why my parents hadn’t joined the way by now. (I had been walking for about 7yrs at that time) they said the reason my parents hadn’t joined was because I wasn’t giving them light. They also asked me to quit my job end start a part time job and go to school full time and God would provide through my parents. (My parents were not in any financial position to assist) long story short I passed my second scrutiny after my parents joined (I had been walking for 10yrs and done the second scrutiny 3 times). They also questioned why I didn’t go to all of the gatherings after the second scrutiny (when the community gets together and answer the questionnaire I front of the community and the catechist advice (sic) you and give you a word) they also asked me to sit with my father and tell him about all of my sexual encounters since that was one of the (by doing this it round heal (sic) our relationship) because sex was on my list of idols if this works and sometime I had thought the way had helped me overcome, it was one of the victories I had seen in my life. Anyways, a few months after passing and doing the rite for the second scrutiny, I left my community. It’s now been 3yrs and I feel free, and closer to God then I ever did. I was always scared to leave because the catechist always tell (sic) you stories about people leaving and all the horrible things that have happen in their lives after leaving. They implement fear on people. The truth is, God will not forsake you, the only way to the father is through his son. Not the neocatechumenal way. My parents also left their community on their own.
“they also asked me to quit my job”
“they also asked me to sit with my father and tell him about all of my sexual encounters “
We thank God when somebody forsakes promiscuity and embraces chastity, but being compelled to tell your father all of your sexual experiences? That’s abusive.
“the catechist always tell (sic) you stories about people leaving and all the horrible things that have happen in their lives after leaving”
MAY 23, 2016 AT 6:51 PM
You also forgot to mention that during the Exorcism,(or Maybe you didn’t want to go into detail) but you have to pretend Satan is in front of you, the catequist (sic) calls your name, and you stand in front of all the community and pretend that Satan is standing in front of you and you are denouncing to your idols, you are pointing, screaming, or cry (this is part of what I said during mine, it’s been a while) you stand and saying I Margaret denounce in front of you satan and my community to the expectation of marriage which I have idolized for years, to sex before marriage, to birth control etc. etc. because they have harmed me And you (satan) made made me believe that that would give me happiness.
Calling the “expectation of marriage” an idol? On the contrary, the desire for a spouse is a God-given desire, and reflects in a significant way that we are indeed made in the image of God.