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.”
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: