Cardinal Kaspar on Responding to Pentecostalism Print
Monday, 26 March 2007 07:06

Written by Keith Strohm

Sorry I've been silent for the past few days, I've been in New Jersey standing up in my best friend's wedding. I'm back now, and on the much-delayed return flight to O'Hare airport, I had the chance to read through the April 2007 issue of First Things. This journal of "Religion, Culture, and Public Life" is always thought provoking, but the April Issue was particularly meaty. I'll have more than a few posts to share on various subjects after more reflection.

However, I was going to post this quote from Cardinal Kaspar, head of the Pontifical Council on Promoting Christian University, as soon as I returned home. Since it deals with a number of posts and comments that have cropped up here recently on ID, I'll take it as a sign. :)

Speaking at Duquesne University, Cardinal Kaspar (as reported by Fr. Richard Neuhaus) had this to say in regards to dealing with the growing rise of Pentecostalism--particularly in the Global South:

"the first pastoral response to Pentecostalism is for the Church to examine herself, asking why so many are finding in these new movements an intensity of discipleship that they apparently do not find in the Catholic Church."
That examination is certainly an undertaking that the Catherine of Siena Institute is interested in, and it is a central focus of this blog as well. I know that to many folks, the cardinal's thoughts and the posts that are uploaded here on ID may seem too critical of the Church, too enamored of protestantism, and motivated too much by discontent.

The reality is, I believe, that such criticism and such engagement with the question of why so many Catholics find discipleship and a relationship with Christ outside the Catholic Church is, in fact, motivated by a deep love of Christ and His Church. The methods and conclusions that we propose and explore must remain in harmony with Scripture, Tradition, and the Magiserium of the Church.

That is the goal of the conversation--to arrive at an authentically Catholic way of being Catholic--of embracing the whole of the Catholic experience and living fully from the riches of the Revelation of God in Jesus Christ--as a disciple and apostle of our Lord!

I want to take a moment to thank Sherry and Fr. Mike from the Institute, my fellow ID bloggers, and--most importantly--everyone who reads and participates in this blog for making this conversation and engagement with the questions of Intentional Discipleship possible!