Neocatechumenal Way Masses typically direct that communicants hold the Eucharist in their hand and consume the Body of Christ only after everyone has been given a Host.
In a follow-up, clarifying statement issued June 6, the Diocese of Lancaster recalled that the "modest liturgical norms" were issued "by way of reminder" and that they "apply to all in the Diocese of Lancaster – not just to the Neocatechumenal Way."
It added that the liturgy "belongs to the whole Church" and that even though the Neocatechumenal Way has its own statutes "these do not replace the principles given in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal or the role of Universal or Particular (liturgical) Law of the Church."
The diocese added that "in no way should these norms be seen as punitive or issued for any other motive than simply reminding all of the liturgical norms of the Church and ensuring that the Liturgy of the Church in the Diocese of Lancaster is governed by the Diocesan Bishop."
It also referred to a report that a representative of the Neocatechumenal Way, Paul Hayward, had said, according to the Catholic Herald, that "he had asked Bishop Campbell to hold off implementing the new norms until representatives of the Way had had a chance to meet him."
The Lancaster diocese stated that while a meeting had been requested, "there was no mention at all of any desired-discussion of the norms in this request nor any mention of a request to delay these norms until such a meeting had taken place."
Bishop Campell's liturgical norms mirror those issued in March for the Archdiocese of Agaña.
Since the Neocatechumenal Way was founded, the group has sometimes been cautioned by the Vatican for inserting various novel practices into the Masses it organizes. These include practices such as lay preaching, the reception of Holy Communion while sitting, and the passing of the Most Precious Blood from person to person.