Tag: The Church

Swing of the Pendulum … The Church

 

I recognize that not all of the folks who read my posts are on my worldview-page. That’s good. I want my posts to set a plow blade in fallow ground; even if I lose that person, maybe they’ll remember what made them quit. That said, there have been some encouraging signs lately … a few new readers and a couple of likes. Maybe I’ll stick it out.

Any-hoo, I’ve become a Tozer junkie … A. W. Tozer, that is. Direct, to the point, never pulled any punches, called things out as he saw them, and did so with plenty of love, humility, and wisdom. He’s my kind of guy.

Don’t hit me with subtleties please; I will either miss them or put you on the hotseat, pummeling you with a litany of clarifying questions until I wear you down … and you explain yourself, providing a full disclosure (or, in many cases, a confession) of your true agenda.

Is Mexico Still Catholic?

 

shutterstock_138057008Let me preface this by pointing out why non-Catholics and non-Christians might find this discussion worthwhile. First, Mexico is the United States’ largest source of immigrants (legal and illegal) and influential states like Texas are heavily colored by Mexican culture (the Texas population is already nearly half hispanic), so its culture is a significant influence on our own. Second, religion is the foundation of culture: it encapsulates many of the most basic perceptions and priorities on which political decisions are made. Thus, the ideas Mexican immigrants bring with them impacts all Americans.

Though more than 80% of Mexican citizens identify as Catholic, I’m hearing a different story from Catholic educators in Texas. American Catholics often complain generally about the state of catechesis (education about the faith), but it seems to be even worse down in Mexico, where many people are ignorant of the beliefs and traditions they claim as their own.

When I lived in San Antonio, I was surprised how many mexicans (the little “m” is intentional; I’m using it as a more specific term than “hispanic”) joined Protestant and Evangelical denominations. That’s not a knock on Protestants, but simply an observation of the shallowness many mexicans’ feel toward the Catholic Church. Even those remaining within it are often what we orthodox call “cafeteria Catholics” or “cultural Catholics;” i.e., Catholics who prefer the Mass, but willfully ignore Church teachings. Others, I’m told, send their children to religious education classes, but not to Mass.

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In Father Robert Barron’s popular reflection on Lent, he refers to St Thomas Aquinas in proposing that everything we possess is given to us by God so that we may give it to others.  It is true that we are called to share all that God gives us. Sometimes that involves inviting others to join […]

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