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Pope Benedict XVI and the Charismatic Renewal …continued on page 3. Pope Benedict XVI has known the Charismatic Renewal for a long time. In fact, he was …
Pope Benedict XVI and the Charismatic Renewal
Pope Benedict XVI has known the Charismatic Renewal for a long time. In fact, he was among the Theological Consultants for the First Malines document by Card. Suenens: “Theological and Pastoral Orientations on the Catholic Charismatic Renewal” (May 21-26, 1974). This is reported in: L.J. Card. Suenens, The Holy Spirit Life-Breath of the Church, vol. II, Fiat Association, Ertvelde, 2002, p. 11, note 1. Pope Benedict also wrote the Presentation to the Italian edition of the Fourth Malines document: “Renewal and the Power of Darkness”. It is reported in: L.J. Card. Suenens, Rinnovamento e Potenze delle tenebre Orientamenti teologici e pastorali, ed. Paoline, Roma, 1982, pp. 5-8. Pope Benedict spoke about the Charismatic Renewal in a book written with the journalist Vittorio Messori (who also wrote a book with Pope John Paul II): “Ratzinger Report” (1985).