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High praise for New Movement conference

A leading Canon lawyer and Vatican official will speak this June at a two-day conference in Glasgow that will bringContinue Reading

A leading Canon lawyer and Vatican official will speak this June at a two-day conference in Glasgow that will bring together a number of New Movements of the Church.

Mgr Robert Oliver (above), from Boston and currently based in Rome, will speak to members of Catholic Charismatic Renewal, the Focolare Movement, the Neocatechumenal Way and other new movements at a conference in Holyrood School, Glasgow, organised by the Community of the Risen Christ.

Mgr Oliver will give three talks during the second day of the conference on June 19, the first giving a historical perspective on the growth of renewal communities in the Church, the second giving a theological perspective on the life and mission of renewal communities, and the third focusing on living the call to be a community from a Canon Law perspective.

A day earlier, Saturday June 20, the conference will open with a lecture on The Call of God from Bruce Yocum, an author and speaker who is a former presiding elder of Servants of the Word, a member of the executive council for the international ecumenical communities of the Sword of the Spirit, and Moderator of Christ the King Association—the Catholic Association of the Sword of the Spirit.

The conference has been backed by Bishop John Keenan of Paisley who encouraged as many people as possible to attend.

“I think the New Movements are like the second lung of the Church so they can breathe in both lungs,” Bishop Keenan said. “Most people most of the time think of the Church as the Pope and the Bishops and the diocese and the priests and the parish, but it’s also the case that the Church is more than that. You think of the Benedictines you think of the Franciscans, the Jesuits, the new religious orders, the associations—they have always been this second lung so we can breath more fully the joy of the Gospel.

“And I think in our own times that the new ecclesiastical movements are part of the second lung so the whole Church can breath the fresh air of the Holy Spirit and pass that on. The most important thing we can say about the movements is that they are a gift from the Holy Spirit.”

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