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

Monday, April 25, 2011

New Hispanic Bishop in Detroit

The diversity of the Church is a sure sign of her continuity with her foundation by Jesus himself, who loved to insert the disturbing presence of Samaritans into his ministry. Most of the New Testament, most prominently in the Letters of Paul, is focused on celebrating our new identity in Christ, an identity that embraces all ethnicities and does not, even remotely or implicitly, entertain the thought that any one ethnicity is even remotely better than any other.

This episcopal appointment is another sign to a world immersed in ethnic conflict and rivalry of a diverse Church that embraces all ethnicities without exalting any one of them over any other. Anything different from that equal opportunity embrace of all ethnicities--an embrace without a trace of arrogance or of self-pride or of a patronizing manner-- is not from the Holy Spirit, as he has spoken in the New Testament.

As Paul wrote in Galatians 3:28 (ESV; emphasis added), in a verse that summarizes so much of the content of the New Testament:

28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slaveg nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.