As reported in the Ferrara article below, one of the leaked documents was a letter from American Cardinal Raymond Burke, president of the Vatican's highest court, to Italian Cardinal Tascisio Bertone, the Secretary of State, in which Burke told Bertone that he had received an invitation to a January 20 celebration of Vatican approval for the Neocatechumenate's approach to worship. According to the leaked document, Burke wrote:
“As a cardinal and a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, I cannot avoid expressing to Your Eminence the surprise this invitation caused me. I do not recall having heard a consultation regarding a particular liturgy for this ecclesial movement. In recent days, I’ve received expressions of concern regarding papal approval, which they already knew about, from various persons, including a respected bishop in the United States. I regarded them as rumor and speculation, but now I’ve discovered they were right. As a faithful student of the teaching of the Holy Father with regard to liturgical reform, which is fundamental for the New Evangelization, I believe the approval of such liturgical innovations, even after the corrections on the part of the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, does not seem coherent with the liturgical magisterium of the pope.”According to Allen, the document carried a handwritten note from the Pope, dated Jan. 20, which read: "Return to Card. Bertone, inviting Card. Burke to perhaps translate these very correct observations in the Congregation for Divine Worship." (See Ferrara's commentary in the post below.)
- Fr. Enrico Zoffoli, "The Neocatechumenal Way: A Fearful Danger to the Faith" (Christian Order, April 1995).
While gracious to a fault in his attitude towards adherents of the Neocatechumenal Way, Fr. Zoffoli, a Passionist Priest, is adamant about problems of serious heterodoxy in the "catechesis" inspired by their founder, Kiko Argüello, which he details here.
See also Fr. E. Zoffoli's Heresies of the Neocatechumenals, VIth private edition (1991), and The Teaching of the Pope and Catechisms of Kiko: A Comparison (Segno Edition, 1992).
- F. John Loughnan, "A Neocatechumenal Way Experience" offers (beginning with Item 'F' and ending with 'Q') a collection of links to a Maltese website containing posts by Fr. Enrico Zoffoli.