New Religious Movements in the Catholic Church

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New Religious Movements in the Catholic Church. Edited by Michael A. Hayes. New York and London: Continuum, Burns & Oates, 2005. Pp. 181. Paperback $25.95 / £22.99.

This book is the product of a series of lectures on mission and evangelization offered during 2003-4 at St. Mary's College, Twickenham, England. The book deals with the topic from the perspective of ecclesial movements. In nine chapters the following movements are dealt with: the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (Charles Whitehead), the Community of Sant'Egidio (Mario Marazziti and Austen Ivereigh), the Community of the Beatitudes (FrançoisXavier Wallays), Communion and Liberation (Javier Prades Lóchonstatt (Bryan Cunningham), L'Arche (Christine McGrievy),NeocatechumenateWay(Kiko Arguello), Sodalitium Cristianae Vitae and Christian Life Movement (Louis Fernando Figari),andtheFocolareMovement(Chiara Lubich). Most essays include information about the founder, the members, and the theologians of the movements. The essays are very diverse, with some being purely descriptive and others giving an analysis of the context in which the movement emerged or a theological reflection on its foundation. …