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DIALOGO Con Los Protestantes Tercera Edición P. Flaviano AMATULLI Valente L017
flavianoo Who was this fearless cleric, asked Mexico’s secular media, to take such a stance with a bishop? While a mystery to many in the media, the priest was well known in Mexican Church circles and among many in the laity. The stocky year-old Father Amatulli is a colorful figure with a long beard and thick Italian accent.
But make no mistake: This dogmatic theologian is founder of a fast-growing movement dedicated to strengthening Mexico’s Catholic roots through an effort of evangelization and apologetics. The movement, known as the Apostles of the Word, also doesn’t hide one of its principal goals — to so educate Catholics in their faith and spiritual lives that they will not be qmatulli to enticements from evangelical Protestant sects.
Father Amatulli’s movement fpaviano centered on knowledge of the Bible and on Church teaching as articulated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Father Amatulli has been successful despite his sometimes aggressive style that is clearly at odds with the personable gentility that dominates Mexican society. Father Amatulli’s letter to Bishop Vera is an example of his approach: Both Bishop Vera and the controversial ordinary of the diocese, Bishop Samuel Ruiz, have formally accused Father Amatulli before the Mexican bishops’ conference of joining forces with Mexico’s dominant Institutional Revolutionary Party, known by the Spanish acronym PRI, to do them harm.
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Flaviwno Ruiz will reach the mandatory retirement age of 75 later this year and it is assumed by most observers that he will not be replaced by Bishop Vera.
The idea that Father Amatulli would take up with the PRI — which he routinely and openly criticizes flavano has prompted most observers to dismiss the charge. Their primary work consists of door-to-door evangelization, usually in remote regions of the country in order to reach Catholics who have not been well formed in their faith and who akatulli not know how to defend their faith when it is ridiculed by the evangelicals.
Starting with the original group that gathered around the charismatic Father Amatulli, the Apostles of the Word have turned into a large organization with several branches. The lay branch, which includes separate groups for men, women and married couples, is the oldest and largest section of the movement.
Members participate in a week of Bible studies and catechesis every two months, and work full or part time in evangelization. The methodology is designed to counter Protestant critiques of Catholicism by training members to make extensive use of the Bible, which they must be able to quote in order to support doctrine.
Leaders are identified and invited to undergo additional theological training before they are invited to take on lay ministries or even the claviano diaconate.
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It is through these leaders that the Apostles of the Word finds most of its new members. The commitment of many young women led Father Amatulli several years ago to create a branch of consecrated women that he hopes will amatul,i day become a congregation of religious. Amatullu a year of formation, the sisters take private vows of obedience, poverty and chastity. Because of their availability for full-time involvement, the consecrated women, including some former evangelicals, constitute the leading edge of Father Amatulli’s movement.
Most recently, some male members have discerned vocations to the priesthood. Current plans call for the seminarians to become incardinated in individual dioceses while retaining close contact with the group’s apostolic work, especially by providing sacramental and pastoral attention to their lay colleagues.
Father Amatulli said priest-apostles may soon become a clerical society of apostolic life, a means by which diocesan priests can ban together in the manner of a religious community for a common apostolic work. The clerical branch includes three priests, nine seminarians and 15 students of philosophy. The group’s presence has been extended to other Latin American countries and the United States, where they work in the South.
While the movement’s literature does not identify the evangelical movement as its main concern, Father Amatulli does not conceal the fact that the growth of fundamentalist Protestantism and New Age groups prompted him to found the Apostles of the Word. Many agree with him, but still raise questions about the priest’s confrontational style.
Advocates for the Apostles of the Word note that the Protestants have been successful precisely because they are aggressive and are not afraid to attack their opponents.
They point to a recent episode in the town of El Pueblito, Guadalajara, where the presence of the Apostles of the Word persuaded an active group of Seventh-day Adventists to leave town. Father Amatulli said he is not interested in debating points of doctrine with non-Catholics. The sisters number 70, including nine who have made permanent vows.
Style Over Substance Many agree with him, but still raise questions about the priest’s confrontational style. We encourage a lively and honest discussion of our content. We ask that charity guide your words. By submitting this form, you are agreeing to our discussion guidelines.
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