Ecclesial Movements and Communities Origins, Significance, and Issues Abridged Second Edition

Ecclesial Movements and Communities Origins, Significance, and Issues Abridged Second Edition

by Brendan Leahy


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In 2008, Bishop Sam Jacobs, a long-time member of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, invited national representatives of several movements to consider a possible collaboration on a national scale. Cursillo, Focolare, the Neocatechumenal Way, and Worldwide Marriage Encounter all immediately responded positively. Others joined them over the years, participating in conference calls and personal meetings. This group was ultimately called, 'Catholic Ecclesial Movements and New Communities in the U.S. in Conversation.' It has held receptions, a luncheon, and a workshop for U.S. bishops during their November meetings in Baltimore each year. It is our hope that this book will enable many to learn more about this important phenomenon for the Church in the U.S. in the 21st Century. It will also give the grassroots membership of our communities the possibility to become more familiar with one another. We encourage readers to study the various websites indicated in the Appendix called Listing of Movements and New Communities at the end of this book. We also include short summaries provided by the following movements: Arise International (Caritas in Veritate International), The Catholic Charismatic Renewal, the Cursillo Movement, the Focolare Movement, the Neocatechumenal Way, and Worldwide Marriage Encounter. May this new edition lead to a greater commitment to our own path of holiness, the communion among us, and the evangelization of society."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565485389
Publisher: New City Press NY
Publication date: 08/28/2014
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to First Edition 7

Introduction to Second Edition 11

1 Defining "Eectosial Movements" 15

Part 1 The Emergence of Ecclesial Movements

2 Arising in the Century of the Church 23

3 Setting Important Parameters: The Movements and Vatican II 29

4 Encouraging, Clarifying, Providing Criteria: From the Second Vatican Council to the 1987 Synod on the Laity 33

5 A Significant Milestone-Pentecost 1998 39

6 Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis on Movements 45

Part 2 Reading the Phenomenon

7 Reception of the Second Vatican Council 53

8 Institution - Charism 59

9 Movements and Apostolic Succession 69

10 Movements and Evangelization 75

11 The Ecclesial Movements and the Marian Principle 81

Appendix: Listing of Movements and New Communities 87

Arise International (Caritas in Veritate International) 90

Catholic Charismatic Renewal National Service Committee 92

The Cursillo Movement: Cursillos in Christianity 95

Focolare Movement (Work of Mary) 98

The Neocatechumenal Way 100

Worldwide Marriage Encounter 103

Acknowledgments 106

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