Regarding Augustine’s comment, unfortunately, this is frequently true – and both JPII and Benedict have been proactive in “protecting” the movements from such harassment. In addition,these kinds of conferences nurture the identity of the movements with the universal church. As a member of one of the communities represented in the Fraternity mentioned, I have witnessed the incredible energy that some positive attention from Rome has given to our community. And that attention has also encouraged increased focus on fidelity to our Catholic identity. We don’t feel like orphans.
That said – the welcome/rejection of the local ordinary of a given movement/movements has tremendous impact with or without Rome’s “protection”. Our community is welcome in Phoenix diocese, has a good relationship with Bishop Olmsted and members/associates are employed or active in important roles in the diocese with full recognition of their involvement in the movement. However, in Los Angeles, Cardinal Mahoney is disinterested, and repeated efforts to find a place in the diocese have yielded no fruit. Our small band has a good relationship, built on personal contact, with a couple of pastors who have allowed us meeting space. And I am employed in a parish – and my pastor knows of my connection.
So, a friendly place can be found, but our group could have offered so much to the local church that has not been possible because of the lack of recognition from the diocese.
I just got back from a Cursillo weekend and it was wonderful!! I feel so much stronger in my connection to the Church as a whole, and to the women in particular who cared for me so lovingly all weekend!
I do hope and pray that this “movement” is supported and nurtured within parishes – what a lovely blessing for us all!