Institution versus Charism? The Emmanuel Community, the Catholic Church and John Paul II’s World Youth Days

Authors

  • Charles Mercier University of Bordeaux

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/pent.40169

Keywords:

Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Emmanuel Community, John Paul II, World Youth Day

Abstract

This archive-based study aims to enlighten the way the Emmanuel Community, which is one of the most important Catholic charismatic international community, founded in France in 1973, participated in World Youth Days, the global mega gatherings of young Catholics initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1984. In doing so, it questions the complicated coexistence within Catholicism between geographical structures, including parishes, dioceses and national conferences of bishops, and transnational charismatic movements, which aggregate the faithful on the basis of spiritual affinities (and not according to the place they live in). It is argued that, despite initial failures and tensions, World Youth Days were an opportunity for the Emmanuel Community to be more included within traditional Catholic institutions, first in Rome and then in France.

Author Biography

Charles Mercier, University of Bordeaux

Charles Mercier is an associate professor of history at the University of Bordeaux (France), a researcher at the LACES EA 7437 and a member of the Institut universitaire de France. Mercier has written or edited nine books, including L’Eglise, les jeunes et la mondialisation: Une histoire des JMJ (Bayard, 2020). He’s currently involved in a five-year project (2017–22) on “Youths and Religions in a Global and Secular Age”. Mercier received his PhD in history from Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne University in 2011.

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Published

2020-11-09

How to Cite

Mercier, C. (2020). Institution versus Charism? The Emmanuel Community, the Catholic Church and John Paul II’s World Youth Days. PentecoStudies, 19(2), 152–169. https://doi.org/10.1558/pent.40169

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