May 9, 2007


Benedict XVI Is in Brazil. But Meanwhile, the "Latinos" Are Invading the North: The United States is now fifth among the nations with the highest Latin American population. A survey by the Pew Forum on an emigration movement that is changing the face of Catholicism in the leading country in the West (Sandro Magister, May 9, 2007, Chiesa)

With 37 million Hispanic immigrants, the United States is now the fifth nation in the world – and soon will be the fourth – by Latin American population, after Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina, and ahead of all the other countries in Central and South America. One out of every three Catholics in the United States comes from Latin America, speaks Spanish or Portuguese, and prefers to attend churches where there are other faithful from the South.

Furthermore, almost half of the Hispanic immigrants in the United States identify themselves as Charismatics, exactly as in their countries of origin. And this is perceptibly changing the religious landscape in the United States, and also in regard to the Catholic Church. The Latin Americans are not only revolutionizing the numbers, but they are changing the way in which Catholicism is lived in the leading country in the West.

A survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public life, published in the United States on the eve of Benedict XVI's trip to Brazil, is the first in-depth study of this powerful transformation, which will have repercussions on the future of Catholicism worldwide.

Brown and faithful and you wonder that the Darwinists hate them?

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 9, 2007 8:30 AM

You anti-anti-illegal immigration absolutists should consider this article, Border War Poll, epecially the last four paragraphs. But like all the ideologically driven, you'll dismiss it out of hand with a few flip insults.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at May 9, 2007 11:24 AM

Dismiss it? It's the point. Mass immigration needs to be legalized so that the stigma is removed. Every poll demonstrates that Americans want them legalized.

Posted by: oj at May 9, 2007 12:36 PM

Whatever. It's not going to stop. Only problem is I don't think the Latinos are who OJ thinks they are. Which is to say, when you get down to it, they will be no better or virtuous than jaded white folks are today, and just as quick and eager to embrace decadence.

Posted by: Twn at May 9, 2007 12:55 PM

But not for a few generations and then they'll import fresh blood.

Posted by: oj at May 9, 2007 2:47 PM

oj, that's exactly right and the reason we won't follow the Roman pattern to ruin. Our melting pot is constantly being refreshed with new ingredients bringing their own particular flavors to the party*.

*Courtesy Alton Brown

Posted by: erp at May 10, 2007 9:17 AM