The Spirit of Enthusiasm: A History of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, 1967-2000

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University Press of America, 2010 - 90 pages
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In February 1967, a group of Catholic faculty members and students attending a spiritual retreat at Duquesne University experienced what they called a "baptism in the spirit." The experience of the "Duquesne Weekend" spread rapidly to other college campuses in the Midwest and then throughout the United States. The Spirit of Enthusiasm examines the historical development of the American Catholic Charismatic Renewal from the early influences of the Spanish Cursillo movement, through the initial "baptism in the spirit" event at Duquesne University in 1967, and the Renewal's subsequent development through the end of the 20th century. The influence of the Second Vatican Council on the movement and changes both within the movement itself, as well as in its relationship with the church, are explored. Similarities to, and differences from, the Protestant Pentecostal movement of the 20th century and the nature of Charismatic spirituality are also examined.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter TwoThe History ofPentecostalism in the 20th Century
8
The Duquesne Weekend and the Cursillo Movement
23
Chapter FourThe Catholic Charismatic Renewal andIts Relationship with the Church thePapacy and Vatican II
36
Photospread
48
Changes in the Charismatic Movement in the Late 20th Century
55
Charismatic Spirituality
63
Conclusion
73
Selected Bibliography
77
Index
85
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Susan A. Maurer received her doctorate in history from St. John's University and has a particular interest in the history of worldwide religious and spiritual movements. She has also enjoyed a rewarding career as a professional musician since 1979.

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