Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Abandonment, Mexican-Style
Yet again, another fruit of Vatican II

from McClatchy Newspapers; (Emphasis mine) As Mexico's Catholics look elsewhere, evangelicals gain

For hundreds of years, religion in Mexico has meant the stained glass windows and kneeling worship of the city's large Roman Catholic cathedrals. Change has come to Mexico, however: Evangelical Protestantism has taken firm hold in the soil of the world's second largest Catholic country.

In 1950, 98 percent of the population of Mexico was Catholic, compared with 87 percent of the nation's 110 million people today, according to the national census. Some experts also think that these numbers don't reflect the true population of evangelical Christians, because in cities such as Mexico City, people are reluctant to say they've deviated from their traditional family values.

Evangelical Christians are defined by their personal commitment to Christ and their strict following of the Bible above all else. The faith is growing most quickly in rural areas such as Chiapas, Mexico's poor southernmost state, which borders Guatemala. In Latin American countries such as Guatemala that once were virtually all Catholic, evangelical populations have reached an estimated 25 percent.

Patricia Patino, a 23-year-old who was playing volleyball with her friends, said the [Protestant] church was becoming more popular because it paid attention not only to religion but also to the needs of the people.

"From what I can see, there are many differences in the evangelical church and the Catholic Church," she said. "Evangelical churches are becoming more popular because the Mexican people are seeing that the church is really helping people in need and pushing people to finding the word of God, something that isn't as prevalent in Catholic churches."
Ambiguity, watered-down theology, insipid drivel. Yeah... Vatican II was such a success.

3 Comments:

Blogger Saint in the Making said...

I've seen this among my in-laws. My MIL left the Church for the Adventists. The result? One child is sorta, kinda Adventist, one became a Mormon, and the other (my husband) has no faith whatsoever.

7:11 AM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

I've seen this as well thanks v 2

7:56 PM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

Evangelical churches exhort their members to "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and Him crucified and risen from the dead." Wouldn't you like to hear a Catholic priest say something along these lines from the pulpit at mass once in a while?

Hispanics don't what the Church's current take on social justice--they know what justice is having suffered its lack culturally and legally for so many years. They want true Faith, something too many bishops and their followers just don't get. True Faith is something you can hang on to through good times and bad.

Instead they get Sister Mary the feminist in a totally inappropriate fit of gender inclusive language invoking the Holy Trinity when signing herself as "In the name of the creator, redeemer, and sanctifier." The heresy is known specifically as Sabellianism and more generally as Modalism.

The Catholic Church is shooting itself in the foot vis-a-vis Hispanics. The Evangelicals are picking up the pieces and nobody can really blame them for doing so.

9:51 PM  

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