I had wondered about the two major figures in South America enveloped in the sex abuse scandal in Chile if they were progressive or conservative. In fact this morning I learned from Crux that they are conservative but charismatic. Charismatics are Catholics Pentecostals, extremely ecumenical, but orthodox in their teachings except liturgically and spiritually, they syncretize Catholic worship with Pentecostal expression. They are not rigid in their liturgical expression. They are politically conservative (not leftists to use a phrase Pope Francis used to describe those who were denigrating a bishop now fired by Pope Fraincis in Chile associated with Karadima).
Pope Francis had a flip flop on charismatics opposing them at first and then embracing them when he was in Argentina. Why? I suspect because of their evangelizing fervor, ecumenical outlook and less rigid Pentecostal piety and vocations these communities provide.
Each time charismatics come to Rome, Pope Francis exuberantly embraces them, prays with them and is prayed over by them. He doesn't meet traditionalists though. This may explain why Francis did not believe reports about abuse in these communities by priests and laity as it would challenge the style of the pope’s agenda which he sees being fulfilled in charismatic communities. Charismatics believe God is always doing something new and the Spirit blows where it wills, sentiments shared by Pope Francis--the God of surprises.
This is from this morning’s Crux and press here for full article:
Similar to now suspended Fr. Fernando Karadima, Peruvian layman Luis Fernando Figari’s community was charismatic and attracted swaths of vocations, with the main appeal being an emphasis on a life of strict asceticism, intellectual formation and spiritual combat, believing their call was to fight as elite soldiers in God’s army.