At the Gregorian Institute blog, we’re deep in the middle of a series of posts about promoting Catholic identity in public life.
The new one is called, descriptively, “Put an Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Your Church.”
It is in part about the Queen of Catholic Identity — whose image has become a Catholic identity badge … but it is also about demographics.
Here’s the key part. But register a hit and read the whole thing!
The Catholic Church is America’s best hope to assimilate the new immigrants in such a way that they become patriotic Americans who ascribe to the moral vision of our founding fathers.
No, seriously. Our Church has become very articulate about America’s founding principles during this Fortnight for Freedom — take Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez for example. And after all, the Catholic Church has practice turning immigrant people into good Americans. My family used to live in Connecticut, where the phone book, and local ballots, were filled with Italian names. Through organizations like the Knights of Columbus, Catholic immigrants accepted America’s principles of self-government.
Can we do the same thing today? I think so. Sometimes we overthink the issue of Evangelizing Catholic Latinos. I don’t want to oversimplify it either. But the best way to evangelize immigrants is the way the Church did it last time: Encourage the devotions that the immigrants already have, and add catechesis on the sacraments.
For the one-click price of admission to the post, you also get a bonus quote from Pope Benedict XVI that blew me (I am half Mexican) away.