Germany    MOVEMENTS MEET TO CONSIDER 'NEW MATURITY'
Representatives of 40 Catholic lay communities and movements met near Stuttgart earlier this month to work out a strategy of easing tensions and working more effectively with the local church.
    The event was the brainchild of three of their leaders: Chiara Lubich, the 80-year-old founder of Focolare, Professor Andrea Riccardi of Rome's Sant' Egidio community, and Salvatore Martinez of Italian Charismatic Renewal.
    It was also a response to the call made by the Pope in St Peter's Square in Rome a year earlier, when he addressed 400,000 members of lay movements, praising them for their evangelical fervour while calling them to a "new stage of maturity" when they would put their gifts more at the service of the local Church.
    Many of the movements have experienced difficulties at a local level. They have been accused of elitism, and of taking the most committed parish members out of the parish structure.
   
    Tablet 11:43am 21/6/99
 
         
 
 
  
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