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Jerry Gronniger wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • What is the Catholic Church's view regarding "speaking in tongues"?

Thank you,

  { What is the Catholic Church's view regarding "speaking in tongues"? }

John replied:

Hi, Jerry —

The Church believes, as it always has for 2,000 years, that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit are ever present.

That would include Tongues, Prophecy, Healing, Miracles and so on. We don't believe that tongues must be the first evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, as our Protestant Charismatic and Pentecostal brothers believe.

God dispenses gifts to those who ask, in accord to His will. Therefore, we believe that some may prophesy or heal and not necessarily speak in tongues.

Most classic Catholics are not used to these manifestations. Although the gifts have always been with the Church for many centuries, "tongues" was a predominantly private experience not advertised, for lack of a better term, where as miracles and prophecy have always been out in the open for a while.

For the most part, the gift of tongues is manifested in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, but it is not limited to that group.

I hope this answers your question.

Under His Mercy,

John DiMascio

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