Here is a summary of what Cdl O’Malley and Abp Chaput told a meeting of Capuchins recently. Of special note was this:
…one point of overlap between O’Malley and Chaput on Tuesday was a strong plug for the new movements in the church, such as the Focolare, the Neocatechumenate, Communion and Liberation, and so on. Despite the resistance those movements tend to generate in some circles, both prelates used the word “ardor” in describing what they bring to the table.
O’Malley said the movements play a key role in a transition away from seeing the laity as consumers of evangelization to giving them a “sense of mission” as protagonists. He granted that some of these movements may have a bit of a “messianic complex,” but called for time and patience as they work through it.
Chaput was asked about the presence of the Neocatechumenate in Denver, where he served as archbishop prior to Philadelphia. He noted they had been invited under his predecessor, Cardinal James Francis Stafford, but said he welcomed their contributions.
More broadly, Chaput suggested the movements can provide models of living the Gospel in a “fresh and new way,” much as St. Francis did in his time.