Welcome to CAF!
I am a member of the Neocatechumenal Way as well. I signed up to CAF when I did exactly to clarify some misunderstandings that people posting here had. Since this is WWW, everyone can read, so is a bit like publishing stuff and I desired to balance the unbalanced or biased views of certain publishers. Since then I was informed that I couldn't be a member of CAF if my posts dealt with NCW only, so I discussed some other stuff as well. I love Sacred Scripture and Sacred Liturgy and I like to engage in discussions.
I hope you don't mind, but I will give my personal answers to Vouthon's questions, even though he directed them to you:
[quote="Vouthon, post:3, topic:313825"]
Well I have a whole stack of questions but I'll start with these two:
1) What is the current status of the Neocatechumenal organisation of the mass vis-a-vis Vatican guidelines? I heard (or rather 'read') that there have been past disputes.
2) Is it true that you sometimes have an agape feast after the celebration of mass in imitation of the Early Church?
1) I have witnessed or encountered, at times engaged in, disputes in regard to the interpretation of what the Vatican meant by the guidelines, and in regard to what the actual practices of the NCW were, as a result of some false information in articles written by persons who weren't in possession of reliable sources. Any of Sandro Magister's articles about the NCW which he publishes in the chiesa.blog in the l'espresso (online version of LaReppublica) could be a good example of an article containing half and fully incorrect information. Many people (unfortunately) take it for granted that what is written there is true (e.g. an anonymous Vatican official interviewed by CNA). So people are confused. One of Magister's articles is titled "That liturgy which the Pope doesn't like". Of course, he didn't ask the Pope, nor does he have any reliable source to show. The Pope always spoke very positively and never expressed any dislike.
There are some other disputes which occurred in regard to the Pope's directives about the NCW to a prelate of a specific region, which he then (without braking any law) decided not to follow. You may call that a dispute.
Otherwise, Vatican guidelines have been received with joy by initiators and members of the NCW (we have always found the guidelines very helpful and a sign of the Church's love for us).
2. It is customary in the NCW (whether correctly or incorrectly, I don't know) to call receptions/dinners enjoyed together by Neocatechumenal community or communities agape. They are, however, not imitations of the agape meal that early Christians used to have during or after the celebration of the Mysteries. They rarely occur after the celebration of Mass. More frequently after the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation which is celebrated communally with individual confession and absolution. When we do that, we don't leave the church after confession but wait until confessions are over, the priest sings a prayer of thanksgiving, and after the final blessing we usually go to a suitable hall to eat together. On occasion (e.g. when a new community has been formed or at one of the rites of renewal of a certain stage of the catechumenate) we also eat together after Mass. But they are two separate events: Mass then dinner. It has nothing to do with imitating early Christians, but we call it agape (again whether right or wrong I don't know).
In many of the catecheses of the NCW the Greek word agape is explained, so I don't think there should be a serious concern regarding the misuse of the word.