Towards Harmonious Relationship between Hierarchical and Charismatic Gifts

  • Jakub Walczak Istituto di Spiritualità, Pontificia Università Gregoriana
Keywords: hierarchical gifts; charismatic gifts; relationship with God; openness; good intention


The document Iuvenescit Ecclesia issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith draws attention to the existence in the Church of two different gifts: hierarchical and charismatic. The former refer to her institutional dimension, the latter to the charismatic. Mutual existence and dialogue of two different entities is always a challenge. Each of them brings something of its own and characteristic for itself. Each should also take into account the existence of the other with its features as well as mutual dependencies and circumstances of the encounter. It may lead to tensions and difficulties in mutual relationships. Thus, the question of how to strive to make this relationship harmonious is still valid and of great importance. We are trying to take up this challenge in the case of hierarchical and charismatic gifts in the Church and to propose a path to the aim of their mutual harmonious relationship.


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