Decline in Hispanic Catholics a 'direct challenge' to the Church in the US

Catholic News Agency | 10/23/2019 | Staff
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The decline in the parish community and a failure to accompany new Hispanic families has led to alienation of Hispanic Catholics on a mass scale, he said.

“Most of the time, it is the reality that there is a sense that they’re just not wanted,” Taja said.

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Many Latino immigrants have suffered violence or abuse on their journey to the U.S., he pointed out, yet suffering and redemption through the Cross is not a message preached at U.S. parishes.

“No one in the Church will actually speak to their reality of the things they have suffered,” he said. “What happens when you suffer, and the Lord Who died for you on the cross is not spoken with the depths of His infinite mercy for those who suffer? What happens when redemptive suffering is just never spoken about?”

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Parishes have also failed to actively seek out those who might come to Church but haven’t yet walked through the doors, Ospino said.

“The Church, her identity is to be on mission, to be the Bride of the Groom,” Taja said, “to proclaim and live the ministry of Jesus Christ.”

“When she does not do this, when she becomes self-referential, she becomes sterile,” he said.

So with a long-term decline in the Catholic population in the U.S., including within the Hispanic community, what must be done?

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“Every diocese, every bishop in the United States of America must engage in synods, or conversations or assemblies that bring the Hispanic Catholic experience and the needs of the Hispanic Catholic community forward as a priority,” Ospino said. “We cannot keep treating Latinos, Hispanic Catholics, as second citizens in our Church.”

“If the parish community fails, the family has no place to go,” Taja said, and the family is at the crux of Hispanic culture.

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In many Hispanic families, he said, the grandparents are the ones drawing...
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