In the Philippines, there have been a growing number of charismatic movements in the 90’s and once I’ve been a member of one catholic charismatic movement there. I’ve been thankful of this because somehow I have been made closer to God by reading Sacred Scriptures.
I also noticed that most, if not all, of them copied the Protestant version of “baptism of the Holy Spirit.” I know that in the Catholic Church we refer this to the Sacrament of Confirmation and can only be administered by a bishop or a priest in the absence of a bishop but delegating his authority to a priest.
Since most of these people performing are not priests but lay people, are they not willfully usurping the authority of a bishop? Or is this action not regarded as the same as that of Confirmation? What’s the difference and how does the Church regard this actions of the lay people performing such “baptism” as these charismatic movement calls it?
This question just came to mind with the recent feast that we celebrate the Pentecost. And also knowing that most of these catholic charismatic movements have been allowed by the the dioceses and some like Couples for Christ are allowed by the Vatican.