Friday, May 04, 2007

Hispanics Reshaping U.S. Catholic Church

A New York Times article from April 25, 2007, discusses a new study, conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center and the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, which found that “half of Hispanic Catholics practice a 'distinctive form' of charismatic Catholicism that includes speaking in tongues, miraculous healings and prophesying — practices more often associated with Pentecostalism.”

The article continues: “Roberto Suro, director of the Pew Hispanic Center, said in an interview, 'There are several measures on which Hispanic Catholics look different than your basic white suburban Catholics. They are different in terms of beliefs, practices, language and culture, but they remain very Catholic. The open question here is, Does the institution adapt to them, or do they adapt to the institution?'”

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