It's the Vatican, they have an official position about just about anything. Pretty much they lump it in with every other Christian movement that isn't Catholic. They've always frowned upon the (tough word choice here) external signs of the charismatic movement. Tongues, quaking, stigmata (well, they can kind of handle stigmata, if there's no wounds left behind) they don't really like any of that stuff. At one point in the history of The Church they actually considered that stuff demonic posession, now they mellowed and just consider it gauche. But you have to remember that according to Catholic doctrine God almost never talks to anybody but the Pope (and not him very often, they're real fuzzy on that) so the idea of normal people being imbued with the Holy Spirit is pretty much in direct contradiction to how they see the universe working. That's one of the things that's really made it hard for Catholicism in recent decades, they're so stodgy and stuffy, it's not a fun church. Personally I don't think church is supposed to be fun, eternal bliss in heaven is the reward there clearly needs to be a price here on earth and church being no fun seems like a pretty small loss leader, but these are softer times and people just aren't into that stiff exterior The Church projects.
Mein Gott in Himmel! The desert sun has fried your brain.
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