The Charismatic Renewal, Pope Francis and the Catholic Church
Description: When the newly elected Pope Francis appeared at the window before the cheering crowd in St Peter’s Square, and promptly bowed down asking the people to pray for him, most of the public at large was charmed, but puzzled. Pope Benedict too had asked the people to pray for him from the outset, but without the bowed head. To some spectators, however—including the members of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and their counterparts in the Protestant and Orthodox worlds—the gesture came as something surprisingly familiar. In the “charismatic” galaxy, prayer is offered and asked for in this way by people of all levels—specifically, prayer for a renewed outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We talk to Dr. Mary Healy, head of the Doctrinal Commission of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services
Dr. Mary Healy
Mary Healy is an Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary and the general editor of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture and is the author of two of its volumes: the Gospel of Mark and the Letter to the Hebrews. She’s also the author of Men and Women are from Eden: A Study Guide to John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. She serves the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and was appointed by Pope Francis to the Pontifical Biblical Commission.