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The Quarterly Journal of St. Philaret’s Institute

ISSN: 2658-7599 (print)
2713-3141 (online)

The Place of Communities and Spiritual Movements in the Church

Interview with Dmitry Gasak, Fr. Martin Högger, Claudio Chiaruttini
pp. 47–73
DOI: 10.25803/26587599_2023_46_47
In the 20th century communities, brotherhoods, small groups of the faithful (laity) have spread in different denominations. There are associations of believers, gathered around the reading of Scripture, social service, one or another spiritual charisma. The purpose of this interview is to find out how representatives of different spiritual movements see the origins and prospects for the development of the corresponding forms of church unification. The significance of such movements for the church in history and modernity is revealed. Questions are considered about the reasons for their emergence and spread in the 20th and 21st centuries, about the ecclesiological prerequisites for the emergence of such movements in the Church, their place in the church structure, about the relationship of these church movements with the official church structure at the moment, and how such relationships should develop. At the end of the interview, a question was asked about the prospects for such communities and movements and their impact on the overall structure of the church. The answers to the questions of this interview show the relevance of the researched issues, they reflect the difference in positions and views of representatives of the three Christian denominations, but reveal a significant unity of spiritual experience associated with gathering the faithful on a communal-fraternal basis.
Keywords: ecclesiology, church organization, spiritual movements, church hierarchy, community, Christian brotherhood, Catholic movements
For citation: “The Place of Communities and Spiritual Movements in the Church. Interview with D. Gasak, Fr. Martin Högger, C. Chiaruttini”. The Quarterly Journal of St. Philaret’s Institute, 2023, iss. 46, pp. 47–73. https://doi.org/10.25803/26587599_2023_46_47.

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