I found an article from a few years ago about Father Marcelo Rossi. He’s a priest in Brazil that uses Charismatic elements in his mass to try to win back some of the millions of Brazillians that have left the Church for Pentacostal churches in recent years.
SAO PAULO, Brazil – Pack 15,000 bodies shoulder to shoulder in a vast old warehouse, get them singing as loud as their lungs will allow and feel the temperature rise.
“How many people are sweating?”
As the Rev. Marcelo Rossi stands before a shimmering expanse of upraised hands, working up the crowd, a droplet of perspiration cuts a shining rivulet behind his left ear and trickles toward his clerical collar.
“Sweating is good,” he announces. “It gets the bad things out. Now put your hands over your hearts and join me: Let’s get rid of envy, of greed. . . .”
If Rossi sounds more like an exercise instructor than a Roman Catholic priest, it’s probably because he used to be one. That was before Pope John Paul II visited Brazil in 1997 and met with Rossi and other young priests, urging them to find ways to reverse the erosion of Catholicism in a country where evangelical Protestantism is threatening its centuries-old dominance.
More of the article here:
I also found some clips from his masses:
So what do you guys think?