By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Hispanic Opus Dei Bishop to Take Over Largest U.S. Diocese (L.A.); Red Hat to Follow Eventually

The Whispers in the Loggia Blog has a good overview that confirms the very historic nature of the appointment as the Catholic Church in the U.S. enters a new demographic era (I am amazed that there is no matching story yet on the online frontpage of the N.Y. Times). Here is the link. Can Hispanic Catholics resist better than previous immigrant groups the relentless pressures toward religious indifferentism and excessive cultural homogenization? History will tell the story. An additional historical twist is that many Hispanic Catholics have become fervent Protestant evangelicals and Pentecostals (something that was not widespread among previous Catholic immigrants to the U.S.). Will that knowledge of a competitive alternative very close to home keep the Church in competitive trim? History will also tell that story in the coming decades. This appointment is also a big pat on the back for Opus Dei, which began in Spain. The accomplishment of La Obra ("the Work"; the Spanish nickname for Opus Dei) gives us a very different story line from the miserable one provided by the Legionaries of Christ debacle. Opus Dei had a true founder. It makes a big difference. We also get a very different story line from the massive abuse scandals under the current cardinal in L.A. Let us happily turn the page on these old story lines. For another article giving more background on the new cardinal-in-waiting, see this link.

Update Via Rhode Island: Our friend sends this N.Y. Times link on the new L.A. archbishop.