The Charismatic Movement

The Charismatic Movement,” also called “Neo-Pentecostalism,” is a term that is used to describe the Pentecostal message of baptism in the Holy Spirit and the Pentecostal experience of speaking in tongues, occurring in traditionally non-Pentecostal churches. Certain Protestant and Roman Catholic churches first reported on the phenomena in the 1960’s.

The terms “Pentecostal” and “Charismatic” are similar, but not synonymous. Christians in both camps share the belief that baptism in the Holy Spirit with speaking in tongues is an experience available to all Christians. Yet one way the groups differ as a whole is that many Pentecostals believe that speaking in tongues is the initial evidence of Spirit baptism, while many Charismatics don’t.

In 1983, the Pope John Paul II’s delegate to the Charismatic movement told priests and bishops to welcome the movement. Some priests even performed “charismatic masses.” The Pentecostal message was received particularly well by Roman Catholic churches that were predominantly Latin in makeup.

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