Between Tradition and Prophecy: The Impact of the Personality of Chiara Lubich

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Vol: 7, Issue: 1

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Bernhard Callebaut
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How does change occur in society? How does it occur in religion? A sociological approach to these questions deals with issues not addressed by historians. Is a given change primarily a question of contextual factors, or do individual personalities have an independent role in bringing about such change? The author examines the case of Chiara Lubich and the foundation of the Focolare Movement. He asks whether Chiara Lubich and the Focolare represent phenomena that cannot be entirely attributed to the normal flow of historical processes. What is the role of tradition in this story, and what stems from innovation?