Community of the Chemin Neuf
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The Community of the Chemin Neuf (French: Communauté du Chemin Neuf) is a Catholic ecumenical community in which Christians from all walks of life live and work together for the Gospel, regardless of which church they attend. Created from a charismatic prayer group in 1973, it has currently around 2,000 members from all the major Christian denominations in 30 countries. Its main founder was the Jesuit father Laurent Fabre. The community was the subject of criticism from a very small number of former members and also one French anti-cult association, none of which were substantiated; nor were any legal proceedings taken against the community. The community is currently spreading and thriving in its mission to help people find Jesus Christ and bring peace to the world.
The community was named after the first meeting in Lyon, Montée du Chemin Neuf. It was founded in the Charismatic Renewal and remains heavily marked by Ignatian spirituality. The community focuses its action on the principle of unity: unity of Christians, unity of men, unity of couples and families. It regularly organises retreats for couples, families and / or engaged couples ("Cana"), for divorcees ("Cana Espérance"), for divorcees who have remarried ("Cana Samarie"), an international evangelization (Net for God / Fraternité Œcuménique Internationale (FOI)), as well as an evangelization in the neighbourhood (evangelization in the street, the Alpha course), sessions for young people, theological, philosophical and artistic training, and retreats following the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola.
The community is composed of lay and religious persons from all Christian denominations: Catholic, Anglican, Reformed, Orthodox. In 1984, it was recognised by Cardinal Renard, and declared a Public Association of Faithful by Cardinal Albert Decourtray, Archbishop of Lyon. This canonical status allowed it to teach the Christian doctrine on behalf of the Catholic Church and to promote public worship. From a civil point of view, the community was recognised as a religious congregation by a decree from the Prime Minister of France, on 23 July 1993.
In France, the community has several branches located in Lyon, Anse (69), Soleymieu (38), Hautecombe (73), Plantay (01), Sablonceaux (17), Tigery (91), Chartres (28), Bouvines (59), Marseille (13), Levallois (92), Paris (75), Villeurbanne (69), Lucé-Mainvilliers (28), Lille (59), Reims (51), Sophia-Antipolis (06), Angers (49). The community is also present in Belgium, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Canada, Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Libya, Madagascar, Martinique, Mauritius, the Netherlands, Poland, Réunion, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
In the 1990s, a small number of former community members accused it of being a cult practising brainwashing and proselytism. The French anti-cult association Centre contre les manipulations mentales also included the community in its Dictionary of Cults. Jérôme Dupré-Latour, a priest of the Archdiocese of Lyon, noted some cultic deviances, including strict obedience and the authoritarian exercise of power. Archbishop Jean Balland, Father Jean Vernette, and founder Father Laurent Fabre denied these accusations. None of the accusations were proved in court.
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