I have run across two excellent articles recently concerning the Catholic Church.
The first, from the Washington Post, focuses on how Catholic Church officials have dealt with and in some cases, embraced, the charismatic movement. An estimated 10 million Catholics are identified as charismatic, according to a Pew Center study cited in the article. (As featured in my Thursday post.)
But as waves of Latin American immigrants alter the fabric of life in much of the United States, they are leaving one of their biggest imprints on the Roman Catholic Church.
Their arrival is reinvigorating the U.S. Catholic Church’s charismatic movement, which had been in decline since peaking in the 1980s. In recent decades, the movement — a type of worship that includes faith healing and prophesying — has swept across Latin American countries such as Mexico, Colombia and Brazil, where Catholic leaders are using rock-star priests and beachfront Masses to stem the defections of their flock to born-again Christian faiths. (From In U.S., Hispanics Bring Catholicism to Its Feet. The Church Offers Livelier Services for a Growing Constituency of Charismatics. Washington Post, May 7, 2007) Continue reading