Catholic Charismatic Renewal Errors - Part 1.
The History and the Errors of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal
For anyone listening who has not heard of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, it is the largest approved ecclesial movement of the Catholic Church, estimated to have touched at least 120 million Catholics throughout the world. It is fully Catholic and also fully charismatic, with emphasis on a personal relationship with Jesus and the gifts of the Holy Spirit as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12, including the gift of tongues, healing and prophecy. In addition, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal invites all people to experience the Holy Spirit who opens us to a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ and the love of the Father. The Holy Spirit empowers us for personal holiness, renewed Catholic life and evangelization. (And the source for that statement is the Catholic Charismatic Renewal National Service Committee. Now during the course of this discussion I will give a description of the beginning of the movement, discuss some of the people involved, and then in our next discussion we will focus on the 50th jubilee of the CCR which was celebrated in Rome from May 31st to June 4. But, first we need to spend some time on the concept itself of a catholic charismatic renewal. And, the first thing that needs to be said is what we have stated many times in these discussions: Catholicism is not Christian. It is its own religion; it is a pagan system full of man-made traditions; it has another Jesus. Now, right here someone might say, wait a minute. They believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God and He died for our sins, so how can you say they believe in another Jesus? We say this because their Jesus can be called down by a priest into a wafer and then held up in a monstrance to be worshiped. That practice is idolatrous. Their Jesus shares His role of intercessor with Mary. I am sure there are other explanations, but this is one explanation given from a Catholic website concerning Mary’s role as intercessor: “If God can give us mere human beings the honour of interceding for each other to Him, will God not give Mother Mary, who Jesus gifted to us as our Mother, the greatest honour to be the most powerful Intercessor for each of us?” But, that is of course ridiculous because Mary cannot hear our prayers; she was a sinner just like every other person who ever lived; she is not omniscient as she would have to be in order to hear all the prayers being prayed to her by Catholics.
Additionally, here is a list of several beliefs and practices of the Catholic church which do not have their foundations in God’s Word: the papacy; the Mass; the worship and adoration of Mary; the immaculate conception of Mary; the perpetual virginity of Mary; the assumption of Mary; Mary as co-Redeemer; petitioning saints in heaven for their prayers; apostolic succession; infant baptism; confession of sin to a priest; purgatory; indulgences; or the equal authority of church tradition and Scripture. For those who might be interested, we have an article entitled “Catholicism vs. Christianity” on our website - bible believing truth watch - that will give an in-depth explanation to some of these errors. This stance may make some people angry, but we will not back down because there are 1.2 billion Catholics who have a false sense of security. They are not hearing the true gospel in their churches and they are not hearing it outside either because a large part of the evangelical world today thinks Catholics are Christians. This is a lie from the enemy and it is heartbreaking. We pray desperately for them to hear the true gospel and come to know the true Jesus).
So, with that understanding we will strongly state that the Catholic Charismatic movement is a false movement and that those of the Pentecostal and Charismatic denominations that have united with this movement have done so falsely believing Catholics are Christians. The movement is false because those in a false belief system such as Catholicism cannot receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. In John 16 Jesus is telling his disciples that the Comforter, the Holy Spirit will come after He departs. In verse 13 of this chapter the Holy Spirit is described as the Spirit of Truth and verse 14 says He will glorify Jesus so obviously those who have another Jesus cannot be filled with the Holy Spirit or He would not be glorifying Jesus and He would not be the Spirit of Truth.
Additionally, we can study the scriptures about people being baptized in the Holy Spirit to gain more understanding. For example we read Acts 1:14-15 “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples,” and continuing with this account in Acts 2:4 we read: “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (So these are believers; these are disciples of Jesus).
Another example can be found in Acts 19:1-2 “And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?” And then verse 6: “And when Paul had laid [his] hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.” (So we see these people were already disciples, meaning they believed in the true gospel and the true Jesus, and then Paul laid his hands upon them, were filled with the Holy Spirit, spoke in tongues and prophesied).
We cannot say strongly enough that these gifts are given to believers. Sadly, many Pentecostals have used what they thought was evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit as permission, in a sense, to join with the Catholics. However, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, will not lead believers to join with those in the false, pagan, Babylonian system of Catholicism. So the false unity established between those with Catholics in this charismatic movement is not of God. What many don’t realize is there is a counterfeit spirit which can produce manifestations which people assume are of the Holy Spirit. You know, we can view videos of Todd Bentley at the Lakeland Revival and in other services, and see examples of false manifestations. In addition, we can view videos of Hindu gurus and of those in the New age and the occult and see such manifestations as well. We gain the basic understanding of Satan being able to mimic or counterfeit true signs from God, up to a point, in the example of Pharoah’s magicians in Exodus 7. In verse 9 of this chapter Aaron casts his rod down before Pharoah and it becomes a serpent and in verse 11 we read: “now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.”
So, we can see that God does allow false manifestations to occur. Also, from the example of Job and his suffering with boils we can see that God allows Satan to even put sickness upon people.
Additionally, we see from Deuteronomy 13:1-4 that God allows signs and wonders to come to pass to prove and test us to see if we truly love Him with all our hearts: “If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.”
Now, after saying all this we do want to explain that we are continuationists, meaning that we believe the gifts are for today in case anyone has the wrong idea. Sister Tammy, I know you have prepared to address this.
Catechism #2003 of the Catholic Church says: "Grace is first and foremost the gift of the Spirit who justifies and sanctifies us. But grace also includes the gifts that the Spirit grants us to associate us with his work, to enable us to collaborate in the salvation of others and in the growth of the Body of Christ, the Church. There are sacramental graces, gifts proper to the different sacraments. There are furthermore special graces, also called charisms after the Greek term used by St. Paul and meaning "favor," "gratuitous gift," "benefit." Whatever their character - sometimes it is extraordinary, such as the gift of miracles or of tongues - charisms are oriented toward sanctifying grace and are intended for the common good of the Church. They are at the service of charity which builds up the Church."
Now we want to present the history of this event so the listeners can understand the ecumenical nature and the other problems associated with it.
Many have stated that the inspiration for the event goes back to the end of the 19th century when Elena Guerra, an Italian Sister of the Oblates of the Holy Spirit, began correspondence with Pope Leo XIII. This led to him, among other things, introducing the Novena of the Holy Spirit to be prayed from Ascension to Pentecost in perpetuity. He stated that the intention of the novena should be for the 'reunion of Christendom'. (So, this is quite interesting because we know there has been much ecumenical activity in the Catholic church towards ecumenism since Vatican II which was held from 1962 to 1965, but this shows that Catholics had been praying for this “reunion of Christendom” for about 60 years before the decree on ecumenism was presented during Vatican II).
Then, many believe that Pope John XXIII at Vatican II laid a foundation upon which this renewal is built by praying the following 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. (However, this concept of a new Pentecost doesn’t even make sense. Believers have been able to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit since the initial outpouring described in Acts 2. It isn’t as if this became old and now we need a new one. I am assuming they mean in the sense of this being new to Catholics, but as we have clearly explained false believers cannot be filled with the Holy Spirit. And, then we see this pope invoking the involvement of Mary and also Peter in this endeavor, but this is just ridiculous because the Bible gives no indication that anyone who has died and gone to heaven is involved in any way with things on this earth).
Now I am going to present the details concerning the events which started the renewal movement. I gathered these details from videos and from articles written by Patti Gallagher Mansfield who was present at what is considered the initial event and who has been promoting the movement for the past 50 years. She has written a book entitled “As By A New Pentecost: The Dramatic Beginning of the Catholic Charismatic Movement.”
She writes that in the spring of 1966 two professors at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, the Catholic institution she attended, were praying daily for a greater outpouring of the Holy Spirit. During this time some friends gave them two books: “The Cross and the Switchblade” by David Wilkerson and “They Speak With Other Tongues” by John Sherrill. Both books describe the experience of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. So the two professors realized that this Baptism in the Spirit was precisely what they were searching for. Then, in January 1967 these and two other Catholics from Duquesne attended their first interdenominational charismatic prayer meeting – the Chapel Hill meeting – in the home of Miss Florence Dodge, who was a Spirit-filled Presbyterian. Patti Mansfield said this about Miss Dodge: "Her home was like the stable in Bethlehem. It was kind of a hidden place and was like a cradle that gave birth to a movement." (I thought this was odd to say the least – comparing someone’s home to the place where Jesus was born). Interestingly enough, she writes, a few months before these Catholics came, the Lord led Flo to read Isaiah 48 where He announces that He is about to do “a new thing”. (You know, I am sure most of the listeners have heard of pastors in seeker sensitive churches misapplying this verse. I know of pastors who have used “God is doing a new thing” to justify all kinds of programs and activities that have nothing to do with preaching the gospel or discipling members. It’s really quite sad how people so liberally twist scripture. But, in this case, when these Catholics supposedly were filled with the Holy Spirit in this prayer meeting, everyone there would think it was biblical).
Mrs. Mansfield goes on to say these two professors planned a retreat and suggested a theme of the Holy Spirit. In preparation for the retreat, they told them to pray expectantly, to read The Cross and the Switchblade, and to read the first four chapters of the Acts of the Apostles. She says that a few days before the retreat, she knelt in her room and prayed, “Lord, I believe I’ve already received your Spirit in Baptism and Confirmation. But if it’s possible for your Spirit to be more at work in my life than He’s been up until now, I WANT IT!” There were about 25 in attendance at the retreat and as they gathered for each session, the professors told them to sing as a prayer the ancient hymn, Veni Creator Spiritus, “Come Creator Spirit”. On Friday night there was a meditation on Mary. Then they had a Penance Service.
One of the students, David Mangan, proposed they renew their Confirmation...that they, as young adults, say their personal “yes” to the Holy Spirit. (By the way, I watched a video of David Mangan retelling the events of this weekend and he said when he was filled with the Holy Spirit “it felt like powerful explosions going off in his body continually,” and there will be a couple of other interesting descriptions as we continue). Patti writes: “I linked my arm through his and said, “Even if no one else wants to do this, I do.” Then I tore out a sheet of paper and wrote, “I want a miracle!”, and posted it on the bulletin board.” (You know, in reading through her entire account, I cannot help but think how much of her story is about her and this experience and that this is not pointing to Jesus).
She continues, Saturday night I wandered into the upstairs chapel. When I entered and knelt in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, I literally trembled with a sense of awe before His majesty. I knew in an overwhelming way that He is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords. I thought, “You had better get out of here quick before something happens to you.” But overriding my fear was a much greater desire to surrender myself unconditionally to God. I prayed, “Father, I give my life to you. Whatever you ask of me, I accept. And if it means suffering, I accept that too. Just teach me to follow Jesus and to love as He loves.” (And, someone might be impressed by this statement, but we must continually remember Catholics have another Jesus and are praying to another god).
Continuing, she says, “In the next moment, I found myself prostrate, flat on my face, and flooded with an experience of the merciful love of God...a love that is totally undeserved, yet lavishly given. Yes, it’s true what St. Paul writes, “The love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.” My shoes came off in the process. I was indeed on holy ground. I felt as if I wanted to die and be with God. The prayer of St. Augustine captures my experience: “O Lord, you have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.” As much as I wanted to bask in His presence, I knew that if I, who am no one special, could experience the love of God in this way, that anyone across the face of the earth could do so. Within the next hour God sovereignly drew many of the students into the chapel. Some were laughing, others crying. Some prayed in tongues, others (like me) felt a burning sensation coursing through their hands or arms like fire.”
She goes on to say, “In the past years the grace of this new Pentecost has spread from a handful of students on the Duquesne Weekend to millions of Catholics around the world. Why? Because God is determined to send forth His Spirit to renew the face of the earth!” (But, again as we have shown, the beliefs of Catholicism are false. They have a different Jesus. This is a false, counterfeit spirit in operation. So this is a completely wrong supposition; a completely wrong foundation.)
In the words of another participant: “After a while, we were holding hands as we knelt around the altar. Paul Gray was on one side of me. Suddenly it felt like an electric current was flowing from his hand into mine and surging through my whole body. I was crying again in sheer joy as I realized for the first time in my life the overpowering reality of God. Somehow I found myself prostrate before the altar, with only one joyful thought in my mind, 'Praise, God! Praise, God! Praise, God!' I had no sense of time or of other people around me. I was enraptured in the presence of God.” (So, we’ve heard one participant say he felt powerful explosions going off in his body, others felt a burning sensation coursing through their hands or arms like fire, and another felt an electric current surging through their whole body. Sadly, many people will be impressed by these experiences and think these must be of God. But, we need to look to God’s Word and notice that in the accounts of people being baptized in the Holy Spirit they spoke in tongues and prophesied).
Before I move on I need to add that on p. 171 of her book she states: “To whatever measure I have been faithful to the Lord, it has been thanks to her example and to her prayer (speaking of Mary). I believe that an important element in preparing a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit is our relationship with Mary as Mother.” Additionally, Patti explained that “Mary” was present with them at the Duquesne retreat. (So, even more proof of false Catholic teachings showing us this was and is a false movement).
Moving on to other leaders in this movement now, I am going to discuss a couple named Kevin and Dorothy Ranaghan. Kevin heard about a new work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of some friends at Duquesne University. After an initial period of skepticism, their prayer and study led him and his new wife to be baptized in the Holy Spirit on March 5, 1967. In 1969, the Ranaghans published “Catholic Pentecostals,” the first book detailing the history of this renewal movement and discussing its theological implications. They linked baptism in the Spirit to a renewal of the sacraments of initiation. (As we explained earlier). The book was translated into several languages, and Kevin Ranaghan traveled extensively, both in and out of the United States, to spread the news about this Pentecostal outpouring in the church. His travels brought him into contact not only with Catholic groups throughout the world, but also with groups of Protestants from Pentecostal, mainline, and evangelical streams of Christianity. Ranaghan served as a bridge between Catholics and those from other denominations who, for the first time in history, were experiencing a simultaneous and similar renewal in the Spirit. Kevin Ranaghan says, “It's a surprise of the Holy Spirit that's opening up great new possibilities. We don't know what's next. I know we have a sense here, the Lord's getting ready to do something big!” Kevin Ranaghan stated: "Praise God for the old-time Pentecostals and for the independent charismatics God sent our way in those days ... Yes, from the beginning, it was an ecumenical celebration." (And, it most definitely was quite ecumenical from its inception as we have explained).
And, in case anyone is thinking well maybe some good can come of the relationship between Catholics and Pentecostals, that maybe the Catholics can be persuaded to leave the Catholic church, here is another quote by Kevin Ranaghan: “WE BELIEVE THAT THE CHURCH OF CHRIST SUBSISTS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THAT SHE POSSESSES IN UNIQUE FULLNESS BOTH REVELATION AND THE MEANS OF SALVATION. We are devoted to scripture, the teaching of the Church, the liturgy and sacraments, and the wisdom of our spiritual tradition. We recognize that without our continual nourishment as sons and daughters of the Church throughout her many channels of grace, we will surely wither away. We place our own personal charismatic experience in this context, and in the company of Mary and the Saints. With them as guides and models, we hope to stand as a beacon of truth and love in the midst of late twentieth century fog and confusion. This is the scope of our life of faith. To say it encompasses less would be ecumenically and theologically dishonest.” (So, this movement is not about pulling Catholics out of the Catholic church in any way which should be overly obvious since it isn’t about the true Holy Spirit baptizing these Catholics because He would never do such a thing as we have explained).
Here is a statement by Kevin’s wife, Dorothy, remembering when friends first told them about the Duquesne outpouring: “And we could see that even in their faces there was something changed and different, and so although we wanted to discount what they were saying as sounding a little fringy, we could not deny the experience we saw they had, had changed them. And whatever it was, I think we came to see we wanted that too. We wanted more. We didn’t even know what the "more" was sometimes, but we wanted more, more of the Lord, more work to do, and more empowerment. We felt like a lot of things in the world needed to be changed, and that we were the changers.” (This is a good place to ask how often do we see people who claim to be true believers talking about experiences? But, we know we are not to focus on experiences because everyone can have a different experience; these are subjective. Very often people see others having certain experiences and wonder, what’s wrong with me?, why isn’t that happening to me? and their faith is damaged. But, we should not seek experiences to begin with. You know, we are to believe God’s Word first and foremost and see if an experience lines up with it; not do the opposite. Not experience something and then find a verse in the Bible, rip it completely out of context in an attempt to justify your experience. You know, for example, we have seen all kinds of people testifying to supposed trips to heaven where they’re coloring with Jesus, going swimming with Him, receiving gifts from Him and they justify this nonsense based on the accounts of Paul and Ezekiel describing visions of being taken to heaven, but what the people don’t seem to notice is the Biblical accounts record the people falling on their faces in absolute reverence).
I am going to continue to mention other leaders in the movement, but I am going to do so in the context of discussing the Charismatic Renewal Conference which was held in Kansas City in 1977. I am going to read some from an article concerning this event which appeared in the Sept. Oct. 1977 issue of Charisma Magazine. The author writes:
How does one write about the powerful acts of God in our midst? What words can describe the most historical, the largest and most powerful ecumenical conference ever held—the 1977 Conference on Charismatic Renewal in the Christian Churches? I have an inkling of what Luke went through in describing that first Pentecost in Acts 2.
"Kansas City was super, great, dynamite and all the other adjectives young people use today," wrote a person who attended the conference. These words only begin to describe the fantastic experience in the Holy Spirit that we all had as we gathered 50,000 plus strong in Kansas City, Missouri on July 20-24 to witness that "JESUS IS LORD" and to praise His Holy Name.
The conference was really a "conference of conferences." Eleven denominational conferences were held each morning. The afternoons included workshops led by almost all the charismatic leaders and teachers in the country. The selection of which workshop to attend often became a major decision. How does one decide between teachers like Father Francis MacNutt, Bob Mumford, Derek Prince, Roy Harthern, and Larry Christenson? (Just to stop a minute and say something about these men - Francis MacNutt, was a Catholic priest who was influential in the renewal movement and who wrote several books on faith healing; Bob Mumford and Derek Prince were leaders in the Shepherding movement, which we don’t have time to discuss, but which was quite detrimental to those involved; Roy Harthern was an Assemblies of God pastor and the founder of Charisma magazine; and Larry Christenson was a leader in the Lutheran Renewal movement. The article doesn’t mention them, but other denominational heavyweights in attendance were the Assemblies of God General Superintendent Thomas Zimmerman, J.O. Patterson of the Church of God in Christ, and Anglican Archbishop Bill Burnett).
One of the most powerful moments of the conference came when a prophecy on repentance manifested. More than 50,000 people responded immediately to the call to "fall on your knees before the Lord." Tears of repentance fell from the eyes of both men and women as every soul knew that we all were part of the sin of the broken and separated body of Christ. That night I believe we all vowed to the Lord Jesus that we would work toward coming together as one united body regardless of the cost to each of us. (At this point someone may think, oh isn’t it wonderful that all these people are repenting, but we need to emphasize that they are repenting for the wrong thing. They’re repenting for the sin of the broken and separated body of Christ, but they need to repent for the ecumenism in which they are participating! Thousands of people there were not truly part of the body of Christ!)
Now, I am going to read a few of the statements made by some of the Charismatic Renewal Conference Kansas City 1977 Kevin Ranaghan, whom I was just speaking about said: “We here tonight happen to be Baptists, Catholics, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Orthodox, Mennonites, Messianic believers, Denominational Pentecostals, Presbyterians, United Methodists, non-denominational people and many, many more. You see, for the world to believe depends on our becoming one.” (This is one of those occasions which we have spoken of many times where people should not join up with Catholics or any other false believers, but should rather give them the true gospel, just like with the March for Life event which we have written about. So many people are misapplying John 17:11 which reads: “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep through Thine own Name those whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as We are.” Jesus is asking God the Father to keep the brethren together as one. He did not say a unified movement is something we are responsible for establishing. We can worship and fellowship with like-minded believers, but not with false believers!).
Dr. Vinson Synan, who was the chairman for the Pentecostal track at this conference said: “And, we are one in the spirit, we are one in the Lord, and we proclaim to the world, we make one statement tonight, we are here because we are one in the spirit.”
Rev. Michael Scanlan, Catholic priest: “We know that we are called to be one body. We know that we are called to be one as the Father and Son is one. We know that a spirit of unity, the Holy Spirit of God, has been given to us and that spirit won’t rest until we’re one. And, we can count on that!” (That is quite a frightening statement, I think, because the Holy Spirit doesn’t unite believers with false believers, so Michael Scanlan is speaking of a counterfeit spirit and saying that spirit won’t rest means more and more people will be deceived by this movement).
Here is some more information about Michael Scanlan. He was the president of the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio for 26 years and its chancellor for 11 years. He stated that he felt it was his duty, as Rector of the Franciscan seminarians, to make his men holy, and was perplexed on how to achieve this. A Carmelite nun told him, "You need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit." A week later, one priest and two laymen laid hands on him. He claims that there he received "A R-R-RUSH OF THE SPIRIT". He recounted, "after that, my preaching changed, people started getting healed in the confessional. People started flying in to go to confession." He gave accounts of spiritual and bodily healings he had been involved with. (Well, first of all it isn’t possible for one person to make other people holy. But, the main problem with everything he said here is it has the absolutely wrong emphasis. This is recounted by a Catholic priest so the foundation is absolutely false. Furthermore, none of this is about Jesus and what He came to do. We know the Holy Spirit does not point to Himself, but rather to Jesus, so all this is a testimony of a false spirit in operation).
The next person I want to mention is Ralph Martin, who was involved with this movement from the beginning and who today is the president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization. He also hosts The Choices We Face, a widely viewed weekly Catholic television and radio program distributed throughout the world. I watched one of these programs in which he and Patti Gallagher Mansfield were discussing the CCR. He was discussing the move by the Catholic church since Vatican II to reach out to separated brethren and achieve unity. He stated: “It’s obvious this powerful force is arising in this international pagan culture that wants to crush Christianity and if we don’t hang together better, we’re going to hang separately.” (Sadly, many will hear this and believe it sounds logical. But, these are people who are looking to this life and who believe man is to establish the Kingdom of God here and now instead of looking to Jesus’ return).
But, Martin said the following at this 1977 conference, as a word from the Lord: ”The Lord says to you, stand in unity with one another, and let nothing tear you apart, and by no means separate from one another through your jealousies, and your bitternesses, and your personal preferences, but hold fast to one another because I am about to let you undergo a time of severe time and testing. And, you will need to be in unity with one another. But, I tell you this also. I am Jesus, the victor king and I have promised you victory.” (Here again we have people using Lord and Jesus, but since they’re Catholics they are referring to another Jesus. The true Jesus of the Bible is not going to tell believers to join together in unity with false believers any more than the true Holy Spirit would do so. For anyone who is interested Roger Oakland has an excellent video entitled “Another Spirit” in which he discusses the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and he makes the point that there are many terms Catholics use which do not have the same meaning as in the Bible even though they use the same words).
Another leader in this movement has been a man named Cardinal Joseph Suenens. He stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Charismatic leaders for decades. Pentecostal Vinson Synan, whom I mentioned a couple of minutes ago, worked closely with Suenens in organizing ecumenical rallies across the United States and in other parts of the world, including England and India. In 1979, over 250,000 people attended these rallies in the States alone.
He had this to say about his life after his supposed charismatic experience: “MY ALLEGIANCE TO THE HOLY FATHER AS THE VICAR OF CHRIST IN THE WORLD HAS BEEN HEIGHTENED AND STRENGTHENED. My appreciation for Mary as the co-redemptress and mediatoress of my salvation has been assured. My appreciation of the Mass as the sacrifice of Christ has now been heightened.” (So, here again we can say this is a false experience with a counterfeit spirit. Only a counterfeit spirit would do any of this).
Well, that is all I have for this time, sister Tammy. There were many more conferences and meetings and obviously we didn’t have time to mention them all.