Sunday, 20 April 2008

Viva El Papa?

Should the Pope have spoken in Spanish at the Yankee Stadium?

Far from Hispanics' being the great hope of American Catholicism, Latin America has never been a very Catholic place, with slight if any Mass-going majorities, huge numbers of the unbaptised, rampant syncretism and surviving paganism, and a very heavy dependence on (historically European, these days usually North American) missionary priests.

Wishing for the United States to remain an English-speaking country is fully compatible with Catholicism. Indeed, those who are most vocal in that cause are themselves traditional Catholics.


  1. You really are cultural fascist you really are.

  2. Compared to what? Fascism isn't really a feature of English-speaking countries. Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries, on the other hand...