Catholics, Pentecostals share belief in ‘healing power of Jesus’
RALEIGH, N.C. (CNS) — Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh said the latest session of the international Catholic-Pentecostal dialogue allowed leaders of the two religions “to renew our common faith in the healing power of Jesus,” who “continues to demonstrate his love and miracles in our midst.” Seven Catholics and four Pentecostals gathered July 14-19 in Baltimore for the third session of the sixth phase of the dialogue. The general theme for the current phase of the dialogue is “Charisms in the Church: Their Spiritual Significance, Discernment and Pastoral Implications.” Healing was the topic of this year’s discussion. “The dialogue has helped us to focus on how the charism of healing is understood, expressed and celebrated in our churches and faith communities,” Bishop Burbidge, Catholic co-chairman of the dialogue, said in a statement. “We have acknowledged that our theological understanding of the charism of healing requires further exploration.” The Pentecostal co-chairman is the Rev. Cecil M. Robeck Jr., professor of church history and ecumenics and director of the David du Plessis Center for Christian Spirituality School of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif.