The Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) in Guatemala: Issues of Gender, Ethnicity, and Social Transformation

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Althoff, A. (2019). The Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) in Guatemala: Issues of Gender, Ethnicity, and Social Transformation. Estudios Interdisciplinarios De América Latina Y El Caribe, 29(2), 61-88. Retrieved from


Far from the focus of public and scholarly attention, the Catholic CharismaticRenewal (CCR) has developed into the largest lay movement of theCatholic Church in Guatemala, Latin America, and globally. This means that asignificant number of Catholics are experiencing a Pentecostal revival withinthe Catholic Church, as they form part of an internal Catholic Charismaticmovement, which in the year 2000 encompassed at least 74 million Catholicsin the Americas and a minimum of 120 million globally. In Guatemala, representativesof the CCR claim that the movement is particularly successfulamong women and rural Mayas. If the aforementioned claim is substantiatedby data, how do we account for the success of a movement with origins inthe United States and apparently no cultural affinities to Mayan culture? Whyare women specifically attracted to a movement that has been frequentlydescribed as patriarchal and conservative? This article examines the historyof the movement, its demographics (female and indigenous membership),and four domains (discourse, religious practice, community, and institution)in order to shed light on the impact of Pentecostalized Catholicism on churchlife, gender, ethnicity, and social relationships.Keywords: Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR); Guatemala; women;ethnicity; social transformation

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