Catholic Charismatic Renewal and Pentecostalism

Opoku Onyinah

Issue: Vol.1  No.3 August 2020  Article 3 pp. 60-66
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A new set of Pentecostal renewal started in the early twentieth century leading to the proliferation of Pentecostal denominations, and renewal movements within the then existing denominations. The beginning of this Pentecostal renewal has often been linked with the Bethel Bible School, which was started by Charles Fox Parham, and amplified by William Joseph Seymour at Azusa Street, Los Angeles, in the US. This article brings another dimension of the renewal by demonstrating that, for the Catholic Charismatics the outbreak of the Holy Spirit in the early twentieth century was partly an answer to the prayer of Pope Leo XIII. In addition, the Catholic Charismatic advocates consider the Pentecostal experience, dubbed Duquesne Weekend, which led to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal movements as the answer to the prayer of Pope John XXIII at the Second Vatican. The considerations of the Catholic Charismatics are presented apparently as an affirmation of the sovereignty of God over his Church and the world.

Keywords:  Catholic, Renewal, Pentecostalism, Baptism

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Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah currently Lectures at the Pentecost University, Ghana. He has research interests in Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies, Pentecostal Theology, African Christian Spirituality, Healing and Exorcism.

Onyinah, Opoku.”Catholic Charismatic Renewal and Pentecostalism.” Pentecostalism, Charismaticism and Neo-Prophetic Movements Journal 1, no 3 (2020): 60-66.

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