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The Rise of Charismatic Catholicism in Latin America$
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Edward L. Cleary

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036083

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036083.001.0001

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Bolivia: Learning While Doing

Bolivia: Learning While Doing

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The Rise of Charismatic Catholicism in Latin America

Edward L. Cleary

University Press of Florida

Father Francis MacNutt, a midwestern Dominican friar, provided the first spark in many Latin American countries for the Catholic Charismatic movement. Notably he preached for the initial Life in the Spirit retreats with a team of Catholics and Protestants, composed of both men and women. His influence in starting the movement was felt in many countries. A radically different paradigm in any field, such as medicine or theology, can be challenging for people to accept. This was true also of the Catholic Charismatic movement and this was especially evident in Bolivia. MacNutt, who proposed the new paradigm of the Charismatic Renewal, believed that “particularly in Bolivia, several missionaries understood the vision of combining the message of the Church's preferential option for the poor, together with the need of the power of the Spirit.” This religious movement was not externally imposed upon adherents who joined the movement.

Keywords:   Father Francis MacNutt, Catholic Charismatic movement, Catholics, Protestants, Bolivia

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