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STEIL, Carlos Alberto. Catholic Charismatic Renewal: a way into or out of Catholicism? Ethnography of the São José Group, in the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil.Translated byAmanda Lyons Ottoni Vaz. Relig. soc. [online]. 2006, vol.1Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 0100-8587.

Based upon an empirical research about Catholic charismatic groups in the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil, I analyze the transformations that the religious practices of some members of the Catholic Church, specially its leaders, have been going through. The members’ appropriation of mystical religious forms, similar to those of the New Age patterns, seem to show to a "way out of Catholicism", for they imply in the abandonment of certain elements that are central to the Catholic tradition. On the other hand, some traditional rituals have been recovered and reinterpreted as "internal locutions", thus remitting to a direct experience with the realm of sacredness, which is closer to possession or mediumnistic cults. The hypothesis with which I intend to work is that many Catholic charismatic groups, particularly those that are furthest from central control, have become a transit place between Catholicism and new religious forms. This allows us to think that, while the Catholic Charismatic Renewal holds Catholics within the Church, it also enables the moving of traditional ways of being Catholic towards more individualistic and reflexive forms, thus corroborating the contemporary abandonment of the religion’s traditions.

Keywords : Catholicism; Catholic Charismatic Renewal; New Age; Religious transit.

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