Sunday, July 12, 2009

Some times I wonder

what has gotten into our bishops. They say we should welcome illegal immigrants with open arms because they are fellow Catholics and their faith is so much more strong and vibrant that ours. Because we Americans practice contraception we will be, the narrative goes, die out and the American church will joyously become Latinized as in Latin America. We should, we are told, embrace this and get with the program. The Whispers in the Loggia blog harps on this theme all the time.

Now, there is cause for concern about catechesis in America. Most Catholics don't seem to know or care about what the Church teaches. Many Catholics don't even go to Mass anymore except for Christmas, Easter and Ash Wenesday. But importing Latin American will not fill the pews or fix the problem. Do the bishops not read the newspaper or visit their own parishes? Gautemala, which like most of Latin America was once solidly Catholic; now it's half Catholic and half Evangelical. In Mexico, drug cartels have openly threatened priests and recently a priest and two seminarians were murdered there. All is not well.

The Charismatic movement seems to have gotten a toe hold in the Spanish speaking community here in Virginia and that is worrisome. Writhing on the floor to rock music doesn't have much to do with the faith of St. Juan Diego, St. Rose of Lima or the Holy Father. I know of a number of priests who find themselves in a dilemma. If they curb some excesses (I can't go into detail here because I don't want to get anyone in trouble) they'll be called a racist so they turn a blind eye and tell their American parishioners to hush the grumbling or to be patient.

Do the bishops not open their eyes when they travel? Little store front Spanish speaking only Protestant churches are everywhere. Not everyone from Latin America is a devout Catholic. That's a stereotype, baby. So far, I've seen two botanica (voodoo) shops in Alexandria and Arlington. The bishops are highly educated men, surely they know all this so why the constant happy talk?

Sure, welcome the legal immigrant who has skills that we can use and encourage him mightily. Welcome the legal immigrant to church and don't let him slip/or force him into a liturgical ghetto either. I realize how the liturgical ghetto thing happend. Catholics in Northern Virginia are not that friendly, period. If people are staring at Rocky and I when we show up for Mass what must it be like for someone from a different country?

But the current approach the bishops have taken isn't working and you don't need a degree in Theology to see it. The oxygen in the ivory tower must be too thin.


Lola said...

A month or so ago we found ourselves at the Spanish Mass at a nearby parish. (We slept in a little too late to go to our regular mass at the parish.)

Well, I loved it. Mostly because even tho I didn't understand Spainish, I knew what was going on, and it was way more traditional than my local "Modernist" mass.

But, yeah, your points are well taken.

Michael Savage got in a heap o' trouble with Bill Donahue from the Catholic League pointing out the same points, although with a Bronx accent. (I think it was the Bronx that caused him trouble!)

Sanctus Belle said...

Well, I had a well imformed priest once put it this way "When we are shocked by the actions of someone against the church and don't understand why, what we fail to realize is attacking the church is exactly what they intend" In other words, many are they who are attacking the church in THE OPEN. Those who we ASSUME would not attack the church DO attack the church and we can see this if we keep our eyes open. The priests/bishops who want this influx of foreigners in this country may very well understand exactly what they are doing - weakening our church. All this under the guise of social justice blah blah blah. Are they serving the Catholic church or serving the liberal democratic party in trying to reshape this country demographically to elect more liberal democrats who push thier prodeath, prohomosexual agenda?

Dark times there are in which we live.

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

With the travesties in Liturgy, it's sad, when the first thing on the USCCB Agenda is "Immigration reform"

Yeah, the system is broken, but how about enforcing the actual laws that are on the books before attempting to change it.

I do know someone whose in this situation and a dear friend of mine, and I in good conscience could not turn her in even though that person is here illegally.

As I've said at my blog, the only way we're going to solve immigration isn't by "full amnesty" nor is it by "shoot on site, kick everyone out the country"

But rather objectively merit each individual situation...if there's a spot on the record (even a driving ticket)...they get deported immediately

If their record is clean fine them ridiculously, I don't believe illegal immigration is something that's really "jail worthy" when there are far severer crimes on the books.

Everything that we do as Catholics is proportionate to how we're celebrating Liturgy, in most places it's atrocious hints our practice of the Faith reflects it.

Once the Novus Ordo is done with my improvements that I have at my blog, all of these issues will solve themselves :)


You said: "The bishops are highly educated men, surely they know all this so why the constant happy talk?"

They know, just that most of them do not have the courage and confidence to do anything. Or, even more sadly, there is a great diminishment in their faith, and a greater devotion to the spirit of this world.

Great analysis, by the way...

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"Because we Americans practice contraception we will be, the narrative goes, die out and the American church will joyously become Latinized as in Latin America. We should, we are told, embrace this and get with the program."

How about you Americans - not meaning you and Rocky, I know you tried - trying to get a few more children instead?