Sunday, September 13, 2009

Today the home parish was celebrating its patronal feast, so I dropped by to say hi to the pastor and to someone else, both of whom I had asked to write a letter of recommendation for me. Lunch was very nice, and I liked the pork ribs and tri tip. KK and her family even showed up, and it was good to spend some time with the nephew. The lunch was an opportunity for the parish to celebrate its ethnic diversity, so there were foods from different countries all over the world. The parish (and the city it is in) have changed much in the last 20 years. No more big orchards...

Perhaps the bishops can't do anything but accept the demographic reality, instead of trying to prevent it or at least bringing about assimilation. If sections of a city are going to become predominantly Hispanic, can bishops do anything to change that and their way of life, if they do not want to assimilate? As for selecting only those who can speak Spanish to be bishops of major sees in the United States... are there that many Hispanics migrating to other parts of the United States to justify this becoming a de facto requirement?

However if the bishops do not think that assimilation is part of their mission and that of their priests, can they do anything to prevent lay Catholics from doing this? I could see some American bishops succumbing to PCness and characterizing such efforts as xenophobic, racist, or intolerant.

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