Nairobi cardinal lifts suspension of archdiocesan charismatics

NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) — Nairobi Cardinal John Njue has lifted a suspension he had imposed on the activities of the Catholic charismatic renewal movement in his archdiocese. The cardinal made the announcement July 31 after a special meeting with the members of the movement at Nairobi’s Holy Family Basilica.

Cardinal Njue, who suspended the movement’s activities in February, said it could continue under the strict supervision of parish priests. “As the shepherd here, if there are some activities that are contrary to the doctrine of the church, I have the right to stop that. There are some things that I cannot just say ‘It does not matter.’ That is why I told them to hold on,” he said, explaining his decision to suspend the movement.

He expressed concern that some of the Catholic movement’s songs and prayers were heavily borrowed from other churches and were not truly Catholic. “The movement concentrates more on superficial matters instead of spiritual enhancement,” he added, urging its members to take time to reflect on the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

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