Any Readers Familiar with the Church in Sevilla, Spain?

A reader writes:

I have a good friend I met as an exchange student here 20 years ago who lives in Spain (her home country).  She grew up Catholic but I think marginally practiced.  When she was here she went to church with her host family to an evangelical Protestant church and really experienced Christ for perhaps the first time…at least in a way that was intentional on her part.

I spoke with her recently and she’s been struggling because there aren’t a lot of good churches in her area.  She’d like to go back to the Catholic church but I’d like to be able to direct her toward a good parish…one where the priest is faithful to the teachings of the Church and the spiritual health of the parish is good.  Basically I want her to be able to connect with some fellow believers who will help her in her walk with Christ and not be stuck in a parish that’s gone all “I’m ok, you’re ok let’s all just be nice to others and forget the other stuff.”

Can your readers help?  Either with some suggestions for Catholic churches in Sevilla, Spain or with a website that keeps track of good conservative parishes in Spain?

This one’s above my pay grade.  Can any of youse guys help?

  • http://hjg.com.ar/ Hernán J. González

    To imply that a parish should be “conservative” to have “good spiritual health” does not seem as a good starting point to me.
    Everywhere, but especially in Spain.

    • ivan_the_mad

      I’m guessing (and hoping) they mean orthodox rather than conservative.

      • Almario Javier

        I hope so, too. I am too aware of heterodox conservatives, as has been evident this past week.

    • Bryan

      I am the writer of the letter. And yes, I simply meant “orthodox.” Sorry for any confusion.

      • http://hjg.com.ar/ Hernán J. González

        The problem is that, precisely Spain has suffered too much for identifying orthodoxy with conservatism (and rage against “the modern world”, etc) during the last… centuries, (recall the modest role of Spanish clerics and theologians at the Vatican Council). I suspect that you’ll probably find , today, lots of bishops/priests/parishes (and bloggers) that are “orthodox”… in that poor sense (including liturgical “correctness”), but few spiritual life and chirstian brotherhood; I doubt that that orthodoxy is what your friend needs. (In the other side, there is of course the smaller portion of progressive catholics, which -as reaction to the other- are too fond of their progressivism, bordering heterodoxy).
        Perhaps your friend should look more into catholic parishes with a “charismatic” sensibility (outside the right-vs-left opposition that harms so much the environment).
        And I’d recommend her a book I’m just now reading: “Creer, ¿para qué?” by José Antonio Pagola (he’s a rather progressive priest, but the book has been a nice surprise to me, and perhaps it could help her).

        • Almario Javier

          When you mean a progressive priest, do you mean on doctrine? Are we talking someone like Chittister, or someone undoubtedly orthodox in the broad sense but no conservative in the sense you describe, like Madriaga?

          • http://hjg.com.ar/ Hernán J. González

            Sorry, I don’t understand what “progressive on doctrine” means… or rather, I’d prefer to not understand that – please don’t tell me that you mean “I tolerate progressives… but not on doctrine; you must be conservative -on doctrine- to be truly catholic”… Progressive/conservative (with all the caveats of this fuzzy but real nonetheless dichotomy) is orthogonal to catholicism – at least, that’s what I think.

            I just mean progressive (mindset, sensibility) and plainly catholic (consider yourself and act as “son of the church”, place your catholicism above your sensibilities and ideas) – I hope it’s not too difficult to swallow that two words together? :-)

            • Almario Javier

              I mean, does the priest play pick and choose with Christian doctrine? I’m thinking more like a priest who actively promotes his support of legal abortion, or SS’M’, or denying transubstantiation or the virgin birth. Conversely a conservative can also be heterodox, for example hewing to a Jansenistic approach to morality, like a certain priestly society not in good standing with Rome.

              I mean, essentially, to ask if it’s the kind of book that wouldn’t get censured by the Holy Office.

              • http://hjg.com.ar/ Hernán J. González

                Well, I woudn’t recommend for catholic formation a book which -in my judgement- could get censured by Rome. Let’s leave it at that.

                • Almario Javier

                  Ah, thank you, my question is answered. These terms are just so confusing sometimes, especially since I used to work in politics.

      • Francisco J Castellanos

        Sorry Bryan, missed your post here. I just posted some info for her above. Good luck!

  • rd

    she can try contacting radio maria españa (www.radiomaria.es) for recommendations in sevilla.

  • James H, London

    It’s funny, but now that you mention it, I can’t think of any charismatic-flavoured Catholic movements in Spain. Lots in Italy, but none in Spain. It’s all Franco’s fault, as usual! :-)

    I think she should seek out the ‘Cursillo’ movement, who put on short courses (cursillos) in Christianity to get people back to church. They’re the only movement I can think of where that kind of spirituality is even considered. If there are local variations on Sant’ Egidio or Communio e Liberazione, she might find it there, too.

    • Almario Javier

      Yes. I hope there would be a Cursillo presence in the country where it was founded.

  • peggy

    I hear there is a good barber…

  • Francisco J Castellanos

    She should contact Don Eduardo Martín Clemens a holy and faithful priest who is the Pastor at Santa Cruz Church (Iglesia de Santa Cruz) in Sevilla. Padre Eduardo is also spiritual director of Cursillos de Cristiandad in the Diocese of Sevilla. He can probably be reached through his parish (phone +34 954 22 10 60) or by e mailing the local Cursillo Secretariat at: mccsvq@gmail.com. Hope this helps. May Our Lady guide her steps.


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