I’m rather confused about this whole Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the church.
As I understand it, this movement in the church began in 1971, when a group of Catholics experienced a “baptism of the Holy Spirit”, like on the day of Pentecost. Eversince, the movement has spread all over the world in our church, and one of their main messages is that they are now “complete” Catholics, enjoying a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit and Jesus.
They believe that the gifts of the Spirit such as prophecy, tongues speaking and interpretation, healing etc., are the birthright of every Christian and should be part of every day Christian living and worship. They really focus on the personal, emotional experiences, and vibrant masses, and miracles. Also, they hold many events with Pentecostals,
which makes the whole thing questionable for me. Historically speaking, we know the early church was accompanied by many miracles, tongues and so on, but these became less over the centuries and these gifts were not granted to all but to the few to whom the Holy Spitrit willed, and they were given where they were needed. And I think if you always want miracles to happen in order to believe, then perhaps your faith is not so strong.
Now what bothers me the most is that their ideals strike me as very Protestant, and their idea of being “complete” is incompatible with Catholic Christianity as it seems to undermine the aspect of sacraments(as though they were mere procedures and the Spirit wasn’t really active within them) and, to quote from a Catholic priest’s article on the matter,this “baptism of the Holy Spirit is an obvious mockery of Confirmation.”.
What’s even more confusing is that Pope John Paul II approved of them, and he reminded them that these gifts were “for the benefit of the common good,that is, the whole Church.”
Now, what exactly is the Church’s position on this movement? And do you think it is compatible with Catholic Christianity?
Thanks in advance!