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“Pray Aggressively for a Higher Goal—The Unification of All Christianity”: U.S. Catholic Charismatics and Their Ecumenical Relationships in the Late 1960s and 1970s

Department of Humanities, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, 30123 Venezia, Italy
Academic Editors: Randall Balmer and Edward Blum
Religions 2021, 12(5), 353; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050353
Received: 15 March 2021 / Revised: 5 May 2021 / Accepted: 13 May 2021 / Published: 17 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Evangelicalism: New Directions in Scholarship)
In July 1977, 50,000 Christians from different backgrounds and traditions converged on Kansas City to participate in the Conference on Charismatic Renewal in the Christian Churches. Catholic charismatics played a key role in its organization, relying on all their ecumenical contacts built since the origins of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) in 1967 at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh (PA). If the Kansas City conference represented the zenith of a shared unified vision for all charismatic Christianity, it also showed the emergence of the crisis which affected Catholic charismatic communities and their connection with Rome. This paper will explore U.S. Catholic charismatics’ relationships with other Christian denominations and groups in the initial development of the CCR, particularly in structuring Catholic charismatic communities, and their ecumenical perspectives in the tension between needs for legitimization (by the Vatican) and needs for self-expression. View Full-Text
Keywords: American Catholicism; Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR); Charismatic movement; ecumenism; Kansas City conference; Shepherding movement American Catholicism; Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR); Charismatic movement; ecumenism; Kansas City conference; Shepherding movement
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Ciciliot, V. “Pray Aggressively for a Higher Goal—The Unification of All Christianity”: U.S. Catholic Charismatics and Their Ecumenical Relationships in the Late 1960s and 1970s. Religions 2021, 12, 353. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050353

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Ciciliot V. “Pray Aggressively for a Higher Goal—The Unification of All Christianity”: U.S. Catholic Charismatics and Their Ecumenical Relationships in the Late 1960s and 1970s. Religions. 2021; 12(5):353. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050353

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Ciciliot, Valentina. 2021. "“Pray Aggressively for a Higher Goal—The Unification of All Christianity”: U.S. Catholic Charismatics and Their Ecumenical Relationships in the Late 1960s and 1970s" Religions 12, no. 5: 353. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050353

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