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The Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Latin America 1

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Abstract The Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) is the most important lay movement in the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America, yet it has received scant academic attention. After describing the start of the CCR, I discuss its expansion into Latin America, its self-understanding, outsider criticisms, responses of national bishops’ conferences, and two country case studies based on my first-hand ethnographic fieldwork: Nicaragua and Paraguay. I end with some general conclusions, chief of which is my analysis of the CCR as a globalized revitalization movement that aims to (re)connect individual Catholics to the Roman Catholic Church.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Oakland University 518 Varner Hall, Rochester, Michigan 48309 gooren@oakland.edu

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