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

Monday, April 1, 2013

How Dare They?

My fellow Hispanics seem to have created some problems with traffic patterns in a rural Pennsylvania city:

“If they don’t get in trouble and they obey the laws and have a steady job, I think they should be considered” for legal status, said Carmen J. Delese, who owns Carmen’s Bakery and Deli, with his wife, Marie. Their downtown business is around the corner from Wyoming Street, where so many Hispanic-owned storefronts have opened that a consultant to the city once suggested it be renamed Mexicano Norte.
On Good Friday, a procession with a Jesus carrying a heavy cross and tormented by Roman centurions speaking Spanish stopped traffic. 
“That doesn’t make the other people who are waiting in line to get here feel so good,” Mr. Delese said. “But what else are you going to do with however many million there are?” 

See N.Y. Times link (bold emphasis added).

Now, I am not trying to minimize the real problems created by immigration. Mutual respect and sensitivity are always needed on both sides in often difficult situations. It's just good manners.

But Spanish-speaking Roman centurions in rural Pennsylvania are a funny thing to imagine. But at least the Italian-American lady, likely Catholic, quoted in the excerpt, was making the best of things. It's an interesting confluence of historical and cultural legacies after many centuries.

I wonder what Pope Francis, our Hispanic Italo-Argentine leader, would say. I am sure he would smile.