Wednesday, January 15

From South Florida:

How churches are dealing with Hispanic immigrants.

Compare what the article describes as the Protestant determination to meet the practical and spiritual needs of this popularion with this perspective from the Catholic diocesan official:

"This is a big concern and we're doubling our efforts to find the Latino immigrants," said Sister Vivian Gonzalez, who works at the Office of Hispanic Ministry of the Palm Beach County diocese. Gonzalez said the diocese has begun keeping tabs on where immigrants are living and whether a community is large enough for the establishment of a church. "They don't come out of their niches, so we don't know where they are," Gonzalez said. Gonzalez said that the Diocese has 50 parishes, almost half of which are now in Latino immigrant communities. But a reluctance to organize around new populations has slowed the Church's efforts among Latinos."The Protestant churches may be more aggressive in attracting people, but we're not going to pound people on the head," Gonzalez said. "If you're baptized a Catholic, you need to decide whether that's your real faith no matter what happens."

In other words, whatever.

I don't know anything about the Palm Beach programs, but I do know that Miami can't help but minister "to" Hispanics of all kinds since it is so predominantly Hispanic (and Haitian, too), - so I don't think Sister Vivian's statement is entirely typical. But it still strikes me as expressive of a kind of indifference and blindness to what the realities of the situation call for.

Send an editor to London...stat.

She's finally finished Harry Potter, #5, it will be released on June 21, and it's a third longer than the last one.

My friends, Harry Potter #4 was 738 pages long, and at least a fourth of that was totally unnecessary dialogue and recapitulation. This is just silly.

What the NYTimes has to say about an apparent conflict between Cardinal Egan and the Bishop's Review Board

Unlike other bishops in cities where the board has met, the cardinal and his auxiliary bishops have said they will be unavailable to celebrate Mass for the board members. The cardinal also prohibited the group as a whole from attending a dinner for the Knights of Malta, a Catholic fraternal organization, at the Waldorf-Astoria on Friday night.

Cardinal Egan also interfered with a speaking event for Kathleen L. McChesney, the executive director of the bishops' new Office for Child and Youth Protection, at a parish on Park Avenue this month. Ms. McChesney had accepted a speaking invitation from churchgoers at St. Ignatius Loyola, then she postponed it after learning of the cardinal's disapproval, several board members said.

...Mr. Zwilling said that scheduling conflicts prohibited the cardinal or any of his auxiliary bishops from saying Mass for the board members in New York. But Mr. Zwilling confirmed that the cardinal had refused to allow the board as a group to attend the dinner for the Knights of Malta, because the board's presence might bring unwanted publicity to the event. However, four members of the board — two men and two women — are Knights or Dames of Malta, and the cardinal said he had no concerns about their attendance at the dinner

What some priests said in a survey when given the chance to comment anonymously

Unitarians might add "God" to statement of beliefs.

(Via Holy Weblog

I once lived across the street from a Unitarian minister. He was, naturally, an ex-Catholic. He had a young daughter. He was thinking that he might not live in Florida much longer because he was worried about the impact of the greenhouse effect on his daughter down there.

But, you know, Unitarians do sponsor good folk music concerts. Saw the Burns Sisters in the little Unitarian house/meeting space in Lakeland. Ecologically oversensitive ex-Catholics and folk music: that's what "Unitarian" brings to my mind.

Mel GIbson told Bill O'Reilly last night that he's under attack

On Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor," Gibson said a reporter was dispatched by a "reputable" but unnamed publication to "dig up dirt" on him. Whenever you take up a subject like this it does bring out a lot of enemies," he said. His private life, his banking records, charities he supports, friends, business associates and family members have all undergone scrutiny in this investigation, he said. Asked if he believed there was a direct correlation between this investigation and his work on "The Passion," a film he is making in Aramaic and Latin for authenticity, Gibson said: "I think there is." "I'm a big boy," said Gibson. "I can take care of myself, but when you start messing around with my 85-year-old father, watch out."


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