The Renewal and Rome
The Vatican recognized very early that the Catholic Charismatic Renewal was an important source of graces for the whole church. Every pope since Pope Paul VI has embraced the renewal and the new movements that have come to life since the Vatican Council II.
This is what Pope Benedict XVI has to say about them
“As I have stated on other occasions,” the Pope said, “ecclesial movements and new communities, which have flourished since Vatican Council II, constitute a unique gift from the Lord and a invaluable resource for the life of the Church. They should be welcomed with confidence and esteemed for their various contributions so that they might be of efficient and fruitful benefit to all.
The charisms of the Holy Spirit have an impact on the local Church too, said the Pope as he expounded on one of the conference’s themes. The Holy Father asserted that the New Testament tells us that charisms appear as visible signs of the coming of the Holy Spirit, and that these charisms are ‘not a historical event of the past, but an ever-living reality’ in the Church.
“The movements and new communities,” Pope Benedict said, “are like eruptions of the Holy Spirit in the Church and contemporary society. We can affirm that one of the elements and positive aspects of the Communities of Charismatic Covenant Renewal is the emphasis that the charisms and gifts of the Holy Spirit receive in these and their merit is in having recalled the actuality of these [charisms and gifts] in the Church.” (Address given in Rome, November 1, 2008)
The Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships has been established by the Vatican to keep the communities of the Renewal in close dialogue and support of Rome.
New Movements and Ecclesial Communities
The “new movements and communities” and “ecclesial communities” refers to the many new works of the Holy Spirit over the past 40 or 50 years. Many of these new movements preceded the Charismatic Renewal, influenced or where influenced by the Renewal, and many share the Renewal’s deep desire to renew the Church. These are just a few:
Ecumenism is the effort to promote and foster unity and dialog among the whole Christian church, both inter-religious and interdenominational.
One of the “fruits” of the Charismatic Renewal has been the resurgence in ecumenical dialog and cooperation among various churches. The Catholic Charismatic Renewal was greatly influenced by the Protestant Pentecostal and Evangelical movements.