Carmen Hernández, co-founder of the Neocatechumenal Way, died on July 19, 2016, and the 2008 Statute of the Neocatechumenal Way states how the vacant position on the International Responsible Team of the Way will be filled:
Article 34, § 2. After the death of one of the two initiators mentioned in the previous paragraph, the other one remains the responsible of the International Team and, after hearing the opinion of the presbyter, will proceed to complete the International Team. In case of death or resignation of the presbyter, the initiators will choose another presbyter and present him to the Pontifical Council for the Laity for confirmation.
So, the remaining responsible, Kiko Argüello, “will proceed to complete the International Team”.
Let’s stop right here for a minute. What do think Kiko will do? Will he “proceed to complete” the International Team, or will he ignore the Statute?
Well, if Kiko is anything, he’s predictable. Here is what he said just a few days ago, on November 25, 2016 in an interview in Italian with Zenit, a Catholic news outlet in Europe:
Zenit: About Carmen, there are many in and out of the Way who wonder if she will be replaced …
Kiko: “We thought about it and we evaluated a thousand hypotheses. But we do not think so: as long as I and Father Mario (Pezzi, the priest and third responsible on the international team of the Neocatechumenal Way, ed) we are healthy we move forward as two apostles. Some brothers help us in evangelization and other practical things everyday. But we do not think to replace Carmen, because she is irreplaceable.”
So there you have it. No.
“Statute? What statute?”
The 2008 Statute of the Neocatechumenal Way: http://thoughtfulcatholic.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/en_Statute2008.pdf, Retrieved November 28, 2016.