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“But as his lunch with evangelicals lasted longer than expected, Pope Francis did not have time to visit the consecrated religious of Falciano.”  CNA

By Nina D. Rhea, Traditional Roman Catholic

July 29, 2014

Pope Francis at WYD in Brazil kneeling as the crowd blesses him

Pope Francis at Catholic Charismatic World Youth Day in Brazil kneeling as the crowd blesses him

Today‘s big world Catholic news story is the translation of Pope Francis’s comments at a small gathering of 200-300 people, mostly Pentecostals, in Italy yesterday.  The pope views the Catholic relationship with Pentecostals as a path to unity.
Why isn’t the pope interested in bringing protestants back to the true Church?
Briefly, the Pentecostal movement was hatched by an American named Aimee Semple McPherson.  Since Brazil’s World Youth Day, Pope Francis has shown the world that he is a Catholic charismatic.  And his public witness is increasing.
Burt Lancaster as fictitious Pentecostal evangelist fraud Elmer Gantry.

Burt Lancaster as fictitious Pentecostal evangelist fraud in the film “Elmer Gantry.”

ELMER GANTRY was written by Sinclair Lewis.  I saw this film at age 10 and it made me deeply suspicious of religion.  All of my life I’ve been wary of television evangelists.  So, the view I have of Pentecostals/Charismatics?  Unhinged, phony and even sickening.
In the film, the character of Sharon Falconer was based on elements in the career of Aimee Semple McPherson, a Canadian-born American evangelist who founded the Pentecostal Christian denomination known as the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel in 1927.   Wikipedia.
Ralph Martin, Renewal Ministries

Ralph Martin, Renewal Ministries

In the Catholic Church, Pentecostalism/Charismatics = the Catholic charismatic movement, fully embraced by Catholics since Vatican II’s appeals toward ecumenism.

Renewal Ministries 4 minute video of Pope Francis at the June 2014 Catholic Charismatic Renewal Convocation in Rome.  RALPH MARTIN spoke there. Martin is the founding director of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Office, currently located in Rome.  Next, see Zenit’s Pope Francis’ Comments and Address at Charismatic Renewal Convention.  There the pope says, “I expect from you that you share with all, in the Church, the grace of Baptism in the Holy Spirit.”  NOTE:  in the pope’s comments, he refers to “the great Vatican II protagonist” CARDINAL SUENENS and recommends reading the cardinal’s books, Charismatic Renewal and Ecumenism and Charismatic Renewal and Service to Man.  This is news to me!

Renewal Ministries is a main source of U.S. Catholic radio programs.  I once listened daily to KBVM and I didn’t know they were charismatics until very recently!

Vatican Information Service  7/29/2014 . . .

“Pope To The Pentecostal Church:  We Are On The Path to Unity”

Pope Francis’s comments, an excerpt:

“When we walk in God’s presence, we find brotherhood,” asserted the Pope. “When instead we stop, we scrutinize each other too much, and we set out on another path, that of gossip. … And in this way it begins, from the first moment the division of the Church began.  “And it is not the Holy Spirit who causes division! …

“From the very beginning there has been this temptation in the Christian community.  ‘I am from this group, you are from that one.’  ‘No! I am the Church, you are a sect’, and so on. …The Holy Spirit creates diversity in the Church … diversity, rich and beautiful.  But, at the same time, the Holy Spirit creates unity, and so the Church is one in her diversity.

“To borrow a phrase used by an evangelical, a phrase I love, it is the ‘reconciled diversity’ of the Holy Spirit, Who creates both of these things: diversity in charisms, and harmony in charisms”.

Full Article –  ‘The Pope to the Pentecostal Church:  We Are On the Path to Unity.  Vatican Information Service

Articles:Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal  – Before It’s News
Charismatic Catholics VIDEO:  World Youth Day in Brazil Showcases Liturgical Abuses  8 minutes.