The Church is both Institutional and Charismatic

Vatican II, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Genium), Nov. 21, 1964:

"The Spirit dwells in the Church and in the hearts of the faithful as in a temple (cf. 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19). In them He prays and bears witness to the fact that they are adopted sons (cf. Galatians 4:6; Romans 8:15-16 and 26). The Spirit guides the Church into the fullness of truth (cf. John 16:13) and gives her a unity of fellowship and service. He furnishes and directs her with various gifts, both hierarchical and charismatic, and adorns her with the fruits of His grace (cf. Ephesians 4:11-12; 1 Corinthians 12:4; and Galatians 5:22). By the power of the gospel He makes the Church grow, perpetually renews her, and leads her to perfect union with her Spouse."  (§ 4)

In these documents the "hierarchical" and "institutional" gifts are the same.

John Paul II, Lay Members of Christ's Faithful People (Christifideles Laici), Dec. 30, 1988:


"The Second Vatican Council speaks of the ministries and charisms as the gifts of the Holy Spirit which are given for the building up of the Body of Christ and for its mission of salvation in the world. Indeed, the Church is directed and guided by the Holy Spirit, who lavishes diverse hierarchical and charismatic gifts on all the baptized, calling them to be, each in an individual way, active and co-responsible."  (§ 21)

On May 30, 1998, the vigil of Pentecost, our Holy Father held an unprecedented meeting with a half million members of ecclesial movements (including the Catholic Charismatic Renewal) and new communities. After lengthy prayer and praise, Scripture readings and testimonies—all of which brought deep joy to our Holy Father—he delivered an address which includes these excerpts.

"Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Pope John Paul II

Whenever the Spirit intervenes, he leaves people astonished. He brings about events of amazing newness; he radically changes persons and history. This was the unforgettable experience of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council during which, under the guidance of the same Spirit, the Church rediscovered the charismatic dimension as one of her constitutive elements. . . The institutional and charismatic aspects are co-essential as it were to the Church's constitution. They contribute, although differently, to the life, renewal and sanctification of God's People. It is from the providential rediscovery of the Church's charismatic dimension that, before and after the Council, a remarkable pattern of growth has been established for ecclesial movements and new communities. . . .

"You present here are the tangible proof of this outpouring of the Spirit . . . Today I would like to cry out to all of you gathered here in St. Peter's Square and to all Christians: Open yourselves docilely to the gifts of the Spirit! Accept gratefully and obediently the charisms which the Spirit never ceases to bestow on us! Today a new stage is unfolding before you: that of ecclesial maturity. This does not mean that all problems have been solved. Rather it is a challenge. A road to take. The Church expects from you the 'mature' fruits of communion and commitment . . . [The Pope, by gathering charismatics and other Spirit-led movements together, is saying that we need no longer doubt our role in the Church; he acknowledges our mature status in the Church!] . . . Come, Holy Spirit, and make ever more fruitful the charisms you have bestowed on us.

Dove and Sun

"There is so much need today for mature Christian personalities, conscious of their baptismal identity, of their vocation and mission in the Church and in the world! There is great need for living Christian communities! [The Pope frequently and sadly alludes to the weakness of Christians (including Catholics) and our churches / parishes and universities.] And here (with me) are the movements and the new ecclesial communities: they are the response, given by the Holy Spirit, to this critical challenge at the end of the millennium. You [including the Catholic Charismatic Renewal] are this providential response . . ."

Revelation teaches that the institutional and charismatic aspects are co-essential and constitutive elements of the Church.