Friday, June 10, 2011

Don’t believe the stereotype.

Ever notice how we are constantly being told that Latinos are the future of the Church because American Catholics are lazy lumps of lukewarm offal? Well, I’ve always thought that patter was so much horse manure. 

According to this article very few young Latino men in the States are going to the seminary. I’m not surprised. Protestantism and secularism have made huge gains in Latin America and the Mexican Church in particular is facing some serious problems. Despite what Fr. Skippy says, not all Latinos are devout Catholics.

Another example of Catholic stereotyping is the Malta fantasy. We’re told that Malta is a Catholic Shangri-La. Well a majority of the populace just voted for legalized divorce.  All the examples the professional Catholics use to shame us boring pewsitters fall apart upon even casual inspection.

3 comments:

Old Bob said...

Well said! Thanks!

R J said...

Good point, Mrs. Dymphna. Apparently 40% of Guatemala's population is now Protestant (which would have been unimaginable as recently as the 1980s). Protestantism has made huge strides in Brazil too, its adherents comprising 16% of Brazil's current population (whereas in 1991 the relevant figure was only 9%).

In Latin America, Protestantism offers the promise of Americanization and of upward social mobility, for those completely indifferent both to doctrine and to liturgical standards. The happy-clappy Pentecostal sects are the ones making the running in that part of the world. We're not talking traditionalist dignified Episcopalians with the Book of Common Prayer and a heritage of decent choral singing!

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

With Bergoglio acting like one of the worst kinds of Prot ...