The Pope is a Charismatic?

On April 27, 2013, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, celebrated Mass for the 36th Annual National Catholic Charismatic Conference in Rimini, Italy.  Zenit reports that he stated that, “before beginning this celebration, I bring you a greeting. Before I left this morning, I was with Pope Francis, and I told him: “Holy Father, I have to leave soon. I’m going to Rimini where there are thousands upon thousands of faithful of the Charismatic Renewal: men, women and young people.” With a great smile, the Pope said: “Tell them that I love them very much!”

As the Archbishop left, the Holy Father added:

“Look, tell them that I love them very much because I was responsible for Charismatic Renewal in Argentina, and that’s why I love them very much.”


Hardcore Trads be all like…

Again, the Holy Father does something that has universal implications. This is actually something pretty monumental for a Pope to openly admit. Since the 70’s, there has been division between those who consider themselves “charismatic” and those who consider themselves “traditional”.  It’s the “Camp mentality“. Many people who have been sizing up Pope Francis against Pope Benedict are  going to say how different the two of them are. They may even pick favourites.  We can all have preferences, but what I wish to tackle is the question of what I believe this should do for the Universal Church

1. The existence of a charismatic yet traditional Pope should help heal the division between the Hardcore Traditionalists and the Charismatic movement.

2. A Pope who is charismatic  and traditional will be able to bring a different aspect to the New Evangelization.

3. A charismatic yet traditional Pope can help us to understand what it means to be docile to the Holy Spirit.

I plan on delving deeper into the subject of the Charismatic Renewal and how it should be treated in light of the history and Tradition of the Church. However I wish to end this quick post with a question to both Traditionalist and Charismatic alike:




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Posted on May 5, 2013, in Catholic, Pope and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I had a conversion experience during the height of the Charismatic Renewal in the late 80’s. The priest that was the director in our diocese , left to become a contemplative monk. After that the Charismatic movement in our diocese dropped off sharply despite 2 different priests attempts to keep things going. Within the past year I have joined a parish that is truly traditional, with the Tridentine Mass, communion rail, communion on the tongue, altar boys only, and women who veil. Although this is what I grew up with, I don’t think I ever remember missing it until last year. Song after song,no time for silence so I could actually pray, especially after receiving the Eucharist, disrespect for the presence of Our Lord by not genuflecting or by talking in church , immodest dress made me so mad I felt worse when I left Mass than before I went to church. A friend of mine told me about this parish that held traditional Latin Mass every Sunday. I went and I have never regretted it.
    I believe any Mass can be respectful if done properly. I also believe there is a time and a place for each movement.

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  3. Nice post! I agree that he can be both traditional and charismatic

  4. Great post! Question – Is the Pope a traditionalist? Are we talking about traditional or traditionalist Catholics?

  5. This is the first time I’ve read your blog, but I really needed this post this morning. I spent the time before mass today in tears after running across, once again, the ugly, nasty comments people feel they must make about Charismatics. Maybe it was an over-reaction, maybe it’s the pregnancy hormones, but having the act of stretching out hands to pray over someone described as “Heil Hitler Hands” hit me hard. It was nice to see that not everyone sees Charismatics as the red-headed step-child of Catholicism. Very nice to see the Pope doesn’t!

    • I am so glad that it made a difference for you. The problem becomes when Charismatics or Traditionalists polarize themselves and lose sight of the fact that we are One. It is completely possible to be open to the charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit while being completely traditional. This is very evident in the lives of the Saints. I think at the heart of it, if we’re not open to the Holy Spirit and the gifts given to us in our Baptism and Confirmation, we are not really entering into what it means to be truly Catholic.

      Have a blessed week, Beccolina!

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