Charlotte ordains its largest group of Hispanic deacons

Colombian-born Guillermo Anzola responds when his name is called during the election of candidates portion of the diaconate ordination Mass at St. Mark Church on May 31. (Rico De Silva | Catholic News Herald) I’ve just arrived in sunny (and very warm) Charlotte, North Carolina for the 2014 Catholic Media Conference and Catholic Press Association [Read More...]

Romero beatification announcement?

Maybe: The Salvadoran Church says that it will have a major announcement about the canonization process of slain Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar A. Romero next Sunday, May 18.  In describing the upcoming announcement, Auxiliary Bishop of San Salvador Msgr. Gregorio Rosa Chávez would only say that it will be  “very good news” and that “all indications are that we are on the [Read More...]

Why Latinos are leaving the Catholic Church

From First Things, here’s an essay that looks at the recent Pew Study about Hispanic Catholics, and comes to some notable conclusions: Perhaps given Catholicism’s relatively deep roots in Spanish-speaking countries and its close links to many cultural practices, some Hispanic Americans experience the faith less as a relationship with God and more as an [Read More...]

Shift: nearly one-in-four Latinos in U.S. are former Catholics

From the Pew Research Center:  Most Hispanics in the United States continue to belong to the Roman Catholic Church. But the Catholic share of the Hispanic population is declining, while rising numbers of Hispanics are Protestant or unaffiliated with any religion. Indeed, nearly one-in-four Hispanic adults (24%) are now former Catholics, according to a major, nationwide survey [Read More...]

“The secularization of Hispanics is the biggest threat to the future of the Catholic Church in America”

From The Boston Globe:  The future of Catholicism in America rests heavily on the church’s ability to attract and retain young Hispanics whose connection to secular life is stronger than to the faith that sustained their parents, according to a new national study led by Boston College researchers. The three-year study, which will be released [Read More...]