On Oct. 19 took place a meeting between Kirill, metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, president of the Department of Foreign Relations of the Patriarchate of Moscow, and the initiators of the Neocatechumenal Way, Kiko Argüello and Carmen Hernández, accompanied by Father Mario Pezzi.
Kiko Argüello explained to the Metropolitan the origins and development of the Neocatechumenal Way following the Second Vatican Council’s rediscovery of Christian initiation and the Catechumenate for adults.
Kiko also said that there is no intention of proselytism towards the Orthodox faithful, but rather to offer this itinerary of faith formation as a service inside of the Russian Orthodox Church. Metropolitan Kirill “pointed to the need of a greater in-depth look to the respective spiritual traditions, so as to see whether the ideas of modern religious movements correspond to the theological tradition of the Orthodox Church.”
Metropolitan Kirill asked Reverend Igor Vyzhanov, secretary of interreligious relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, to continue this dialogue with the purpose of deepening the understanding.
Should this first stage develop in a positive manner, the second stage would be to examine the possibilities for proceeding with the necessary adaptations within the frame of the ecumenical dialogue so desired by both John Paul II and Benedict XVI.
“The meeting with Metropolitan Kirill was very cordial and positive,” explained Kiko Argüello. “We agreed to begin a series of contacts which, hoping in the Providence of God, may be of benefit to the great task of the New Evangelization also within the Orthodox Church.”
Sound freaky? Does to us. Not yet?
The Neocatechumenals, one of whose members is Gennarini, have a strong presence and activity in Israel. On top of Mount Korazym, which can be seen from the Sea of Galilee, they have built a citadel called “Domus Galilaeae” for the formation of their missionaries. Its frescoes were painted by their founder, Kiko Argüello, and it was inaugurated by John Paul II in 2002, amid the applause of many rabbis pleased by the Old Testament style of the construction.
And the Neocatechumenals attribute explicit messianic significance to the place they chose for their citadel. It is the “Galilee of the Gentiles,” the “land of Zebulon and Naphtali” announced by Isaiah as the place of the Messiah’s coming. Gennarini wrote in another of his contributions to “il Foglio,” dated January 27, 2004:
“Following the prophecies commented upon in the Talmud and the Zohar, observant Jews today, like the Cabalistic Jewish followers of Isaac Luria in Safed in 1500, await the manifestation of the Messiah in the ‘Galilee of the Gentiles’, the historical-geographical image that announces hope when man has reached the depths of sadness, humiliation, and desperation.”
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