It is a judgment on the architects of the renewal that none of them even dimly foresaw the emergence of the charismatic movement as the single greatest religious phenomenon of the postconciliar era. That movement, with all the uncritical allegiances and hostile criticisms which it inspires, is, in terms of the familiar colloquialism, the only game in town. It is a standing rebuke to the process of Catholic renewal because it alone has seemed able to speak to the spiritual needs of large numbers of people at a time when a good part of the Church’s leadership seems determined not even to acknowledge that such needs exist.

James Hitchcock, Catholicism and Modernity (1979)


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