Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

2019 Edition
| Editors: Henri Gooren

Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR)

  • Andrea AlthoffEmail author
  • Jakob Egeris Thorsen
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-27078-4_177

Definition

The Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) is a movement in the Roman Catholic Church. Four themes are of special significance. First, the emphasis on the Holy Spirit; second, the role of the laity in the life of the movement and the church; third, the openness to ecumenical activity; and fourth, the emphasis on evangelization.

Introduction

The Charismatic movement in the historic Protestant churches of the early 1960s and the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965) prepared the ground for the CCR (Balmer 2004: 143). The themes mentioned above (Holy Spirit, laity, and evangelization) emerged when the Vatican’s pronouncements recognized the importance of the Holy Spirit and charismatic gifts, “a stress that was championed in council sessions by the Belgian *Cardinal León-Joseph Suenens who was later to provide critical support for the charismatic movement” (Thigpen 2002: 460). Furthermore, the “recognition that the Spirit could bestow graces among the ‘separated brethren’ allowed for...

Keywords

Baptism in the Holy Spirit Laity Duquesne Weekend New Evangelization CELAM Aparecida Conference Pope Francis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Gesellschaft der Europäischen Akademien e.V.BerlinGermany
  2. 2.School of Culture and Society, Department of TheologyAarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark