Are Hispanics Catholic?
- Fwd: http://conservativetimes.org/?p=541
Heres an article that mentions the incorporation of
Afro-Brazilian rites into the Roman Catholic liturgy
in Brazil. In fact, this is a widespread phenomenon
across all of Central and South America. Given that
the vast majority of inhabitants in these places are
Amerindian, mestizo, or African, they identify neither
with Europe nor with European traditions.
Parishioners, priests and bishops recently have
demanded the expunging of European elements from
their liturgy (which is occurring in the U.S. too),
and want to replace them with various Amerindian
elements (e.g. Aztlan) or African elements (as in
Brazil) depending upon the backgrounds of the people.
For the record, I dont have a problem with the
incorporation of indigenous elements. This, for
example, is part of the beauty of Orthodox
Christianity. It emphases the homogenous ethnicity of
its various congregations while simultaneously
worshiping universal elements of Christianity. This is
much closer to the original Christian churches than
those today plagued by liberal notions of
multiculturalism, universal entitlement and globalist
humanitarianism. But we should label this Hispanic
trend for what it is, and it is not Western. It is
part of their own unique history, and not a part of
our, Western, tradition.
And not only have many of these people been converting
to Pentecostalism, which is more than happy to
eradicate any European liturgical practices in favor
of indigenous ones, but many of them have been
converting to Islam. I dont know the numbers for
Central and South America, but for the past few years
in the U.S. over 200,000 Hispanics have converted to
Islam, and this phenomenon will continue.
Regarding immigration, this should raise doubts about
the prospects of assimilation of these people. I
suspect that they will assimilate many Americans, but
doubt the opposite will occur.
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