Aparecida 312: Ecclesial Movements and New Communities, Part 2

New movements have been in ascendancy since the days of Pope John Paul II. The ones with ideological leanings to the re-writing of Vatican, especially. But many movements have burnished the spread of the Gospel through their charisms.

Pope Benedict XVI saw them as an expression of the Holy Spirit:


312. The movements and new communities constitute a valuable contribution in the particular church achieving its purpose. By their very nature they express the charismatic dimension of the church.

There is no conflict or opposition in the Church between the institutional and the charismatic dimensions, of which the Movements are a significant expression. Both are co-essential to the divine constitution of the People of God. (Benedict XVI, Address, March 24, 2007)

In the Church’s life and evangelizing action, we find that we must respond to new situations and needs of Christian life in the modern world. In this setting as well, the movements and new communities are an opportunity for many people who are distant to have an experience of a living encounter with Jesus Christ, and thus recover their baptismal identity, and their active participation in the life of the Church.(Cf. Introductory Address 4) In them “we can see the varied presence and sanctifying action of the Holy Spirit.”(Ibid. 5)

One fruit to test: does a movement or a community deepen the sacramental life of a Catholic and draw her or him closer to Christ through the established structures of the Church: parishes, small groups, clergy, saints, and other established groups.

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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