Catechism of the Catholic Church and Modern Catholic Theologians about Charisms and Charismatic Movement

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, when speaking about the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church, emphasizes that one of the sources of getting to know the Holy Spirit are charisms and ministries by which the Church is built up (CCC 688).

According to the Catechism, the Holy Spirit builts up the Church by the many special graces (called ‘charisms'), by which He makes the faithful fit and ready to undertake various tasks and offices for the renewal and building up of the Church (CCC 798). What's more, the Catechism says that charisms are to be accepted with gratitude, because they are a wonderfully rich grace for the apostolic vitality and for the holiness of the entire Body of Christ (CCC 799-800). Speaking about the community of saints, the Catechism says that the Holy Spirit distributes charisms among the faithful of every rank (CCC 951). The Catechism also says about separate gifts: gift of healing (CCC 1508), gift of miracles and gift of tongues (CCC 2003).

The Modern Catholic Encyclopeadia describes Charismatic movement as movement in the Catholic Church which is recognized by the Church authorities. Futher on, The Modern Catholic Encyclopeadia says that among Catholic-charismats, baptism in the Holy Spirit and glossolalia are accepted only in the context of the Sacramental life of the Church, and not as something because of which you would have to separate yourself from the community with other faithful of the Catholic Church.

German theologians Аdаm Mühlеr and Mаttіаs Shееbеn considered Charismatic movement to be the best expression of charismatic character of the whole Church.

The most famous Catholic theologian and one of ideological inspirers of the ІІ Vatican Council, Kаrl Rаhnеr highly appreciated the Charismatic movement.

From the very beginning, the Charismatic movement have been cooperating with famous theologians of the Catholic Church: H. Mühlеn, a dogmatist, specialist in pneumatology; N. Bаumеrt, a Bible-researcher; F.А. Sulіvаn; D. Grаssо; B. Härіng, a moralist.

The Theological Dictionary by Rahner-Vorgrimler says that charisms belong to the constant constitutive elements of the Church together with hierarchy ministry and Holy Sacraments without which the Church can not function.

The Dictionary of Biblical Theology, speaking about charisms, describes Paul's teaching about charisms and emphasizes the importance of charisms in Christian life; it also says that charisms were given for the benefit of the whole Church, that they are the evidence of the Holy Spirit presence in the Church. What's more, it says that by charisms the whole life of Christians and activity of the Church institutions are defined. The authors of the Dictionary say that charisms and their functioning in the Church are a sign of the Holy Spirit presence in the Church and a sign of Kingdom of God.

According to Frаnz Cоurth, one of the best description of the Holy Sacrament of Confirmation have been suggested by Hеrіbеrt Mühlеn: Confirmation is the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and in this Sacrament the Spirit gives the charisms to the person.

Jоаhіm Gnіlkа in his theological meditation over New Testament theology, comes to the conclusion that the charism, ministry and actions in power are vital for normal functioning of the Body of Christ, i.e. the Church.

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