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 over ten years ago 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 thriving and growing around the world and its mission is 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 organizes 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, 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 recognized 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 recognized 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 Germany, Belgium, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Canada, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Czech Republic, Egypt, United Kingdom, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Liban, Madagascar, Martinique, Maurice, Netherlands, Poland, Réunion, Switzerland, Chad.
In the 1990s, a very small number of former community members accused it of being a cult practising brainwashing and proselytism. However, none of these accusations were proved in court. The French anti-cult association Centre contre les manipulations mentales also included the community as a cult in its Dictionary of Cults. Jérôme Dupré-Latour, a priest of the Diocese of Lyon, noted some cultic deviances, including strict obedience and authoritarian power. Archbishop Jean Balland, priest Jean Vernette, and founder Laurent Fabre denied these accusations.
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- Dico des sectes, Annick Drogou, Milan edition, 1998
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- (French) "Les charismatiques sont-ils sectaires ?". Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace. 1996-06-26. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
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- This article incorporates information from the revision as of 2009-08-14 of the equivalent article on the French Wikipedia.
- Community of the Chemin Neuf, site officiel
- NetForGod TV, official site
- Mission Jeunes 18-30 ans, official site