Thursday, April 24, 2008

A Populist Shift Confronts the U.S. Catholic Church

by Fernanda Santos in The New York Times, April 20, 2008
As Pope Benedict XVI completes his visit to the United States on Sunday with a Mass at Yankee Stadium, in a borough that has been home to generations of Latinos, he does so facing something of a growing challenge to the church’s immigrant ranks.

For if Latinos are feeding the population of the church, many have also turned to Pentecostalism, a form of evangelical Christianity that stresses a personal, even visceral, connection with God.

The story cites the recent Pew survey as indicating 1.3 million Latinos in the U.S. have left the Catholic Church for Pentecostalism.

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