Jeg leser i dag at rapporter fra Nigeria og Honduras indikerer at flukten fra Den katolske kirke til pinsekirker og andre karismatiske kirker holder på å stoppe. Hvorfor? Fordi at man nå kan være karismatiker også innenfor Den katolske kirke. Dette påstår i alle fall John Allen:
Rev. William Okoye, founder of the All Christian Fellowship in Nigeria … told NCR in early March that the “explosive growth” of Pentecostalism in his country initially came at the expense of other Christian bodies, “especially the Anglicans and the Catholics.”
“Some years ago, this was an ecumenical problem,” Okoye said in the office of his sprawling church in downtown Abuja. “Now, the other churches are more accommodating. The Catholics allow the charismatic renewal movement. The Anglicans do the same thing, so their people can remain Catholics and Anglicans, but they act like Pentecostals.”
“To a large extent, that has stemmed their losses,” Okoye said.
I Honduras sier kardinal Oscar AndresRodriguez at despite the defections, he’s convinced the Catholic Church in Honduras is “stronger and better” today in comparison with 40 years ago.
“Some of our people were never real Catholics,” he said. “They were baptized but had no real formation. Today, we’re more consolidated, our laity are more involved, and we’re growing in terms of those who are really alive in the faith. It’s not that we are losing, we are gaining,” he said.
… Rodriguez agreed that that growth in the charismatic movement has probably slowed the flow of Catholics into the Pentecostal churches.
“Our people are very enthusiastic,” he said. “When they can sing and clap their hands and be together, it’s good for them. It gives them an answer to what they’re looking for inside the church, so they don’t have to find it somewhere else.”
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