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Kristin Norget, Valentina Napolitano, and Maya Mayblin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288423

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288423.001.0001

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The Paradox of Charismatic Catholicism

The Paradox of Charismatic Catholicism

Rupture and Continuity in a Q’eqchi’-Maya Parish

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Anthropology of Catholicism

Eric Hoenes del Pinal

University of California Press

Coupling Catholic doctrine with ‘ecstatic’ forms of worship more often associated with Pentecostal/Charismatic forms of  Protestantism, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement (CCRM) has seen rapid global expansion over the past four decades, but in doing so it has been institutionally, theologically, and socially problematic for traditionally more orthodox Catholic communities. In simultaneously claiming continuity with the institutional body of the Church while evincing a radical break from normative forms of Catholic ritual practice, the CCRM likewise poses something of a conundrum for ethnographers of Christianity. Drawing on ethnographic and linguistic fieldwork with an emerging CCRM congregation in an ethnically homogeneous Q’eqchi’-Maya Catholic parish in Guatemala, this chapter examines the discursive strategies Catholic Charismatics employ to construct a position for themselves within the institutional bodies of the Church in the face of suspicion from mainstream Catholics who view the former as false Catholics. By situating CCRM groups in a local history of multiple, competing, modes of Catholic religiosity, this chapter problematizes issues of continuity and rupture suggesting that Catholicism as it is practiced today is far from monologic.

Keywords:   Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Guatemala, Continuity-rupture debate, Linguistic-anthropology, Q’eqchi Maya, Orthodoxy, Pentecostalism

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