The pope and bishops who gathered at Vatican Council II (1961-65) laid a foundation upon
which this most recent charismatic renewal is built. It is there that we find Pope John XXIII's
prayer for a new Pentecost: Renew your wonders in our time, as though for a new Pentecost,
and grant that the holy Church, preserving unanimous and continuous prayer, together with Mary
the Mother of Jesus, and also under the guidance of Saint Peter, may increase the reign of the
Divine Savior, the reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace. Amen.
The Holy Spirit] distributes special graces among the faithful of every rank. By these gifts He makes them able and ready to undertake
the various tasks or offices advantageous for the renewal and upbuilding of the Church... These defused, are to be received with
thanksgiving and consolation, for they are exceedingly suitable and In the United States the American Catholic Bishops have issued
several statements. The Bishops Committee on Doctrine wrote in 1969 that theologically the movement has legitimate reasons of
existence. It has a strong biblical basis. It would be difficult to inhibit the working of the Spirit which manifested itself so abundantly in the
early Church. In 1975 the American bishops published another statement that quoted scriptural directives: To the members of the
movement, then, to pastors and to all the faithful in Christ, we commend the words of Scripture which we take as our own guiding light:
Do not stifle the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test everything; retain what is good. Avoid any semblance of evil (1 Thessalonians
We encourage those who already belong and we support the positive and desirable directions of the charismatic renewal. The Bishops
Ad Hoc Liaison Committee with the renewal issued still another Pastoral Statement on the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in 1984.    
We especially rejoice in the efforts to foster the pursuit of holiness, to encourage Catholics to a fuller participation in the Mass and the
sacraments, to develop ministries to serve the parish and local Church, to foster ecumenical bonds of unity with other Christians, to
participate in evangelization. When ten thousand Catholic charismatics from countries all over the world gathered for the ninth
international conference on the renewal in 1975, Pope Paul VI greeted them with these words: The Church and the world need more than
ever that the miracle of Pentecost should continue in history.... Nothing is more necessary to this increasingly secularized world than the
witness of this spiritual renewal that we see the Holy Spirit evoking.... How could this spiritual renewal not be good fortune for the Church
and the world. Pope Paul VI had also appointed Cardinal Leon-Joseph Suenens of Belgium as a guide to the worldwide charismatic
renewal. Years later, when Cardinal Suenens retired, Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Paul Cordes of the Pontifical Council for the
Laity to this position. Pope John Paul II has continuously recognized the importance of the charismatic renewal. In 1979, he spoke to the
council of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service meeting in Rome: I am convinced that this movement is a sign of the
Spirit's action.., a very important component in the total renewal of the Church.Bishop Paul Cordes addressed the silver anniversary
conference on the Catholic charismatic renewal, on behalf of the Vatican, at Pittsburgh in 1992. His talk, The Call to the Catholic
Charismatic Renewal from the Church Universal, issued two challenges to participants. The first challenge was to foster the renewal of
the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist): The Charismatic Renewal has a great contribution to make in the
years ahead to the proper understanding and renewal of the sacraments of Christian Initiation so that all God's people may one day
experience a greater fullness of life in Christ by being as you call it, Baptized in the Holy Spirit.The second challenge was to embrace the
Church's mission of evangelization to both de-Christianized and unevangelized areas of the world: This re-evangelization and new
missionary endeavor cannot take place without a renewed fervor of love for Christ, worship of the Father in Spirit and truth, and
empowerment by the Holy Spirit such as the Charismatic Renewal has helped so many millions to live.Quoting Pope John Paul II, he
continued: The Charismatic Renewal can play a significant role in promoting the much needed defence of Christian life in societies
where secularism and materialism have weakened many people's ability to respond to the Spirit and to discern God's loving call. Your
contribution to the re-evangelization of society will be made in the First place by personal witness to the indwelling Spirit and by showing
forth His presence through works of holiness and solidarity.
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