What Has Changed in Catholic Culture?

I read a post today about the restoration of Catholic culture, which began with a quote from Pope John Paul II. “A faith that fails to become a culture is not an authentic faith.” The post went on to talk about how Catholicism has become less of a culture in America recently. America’s culture has become based around greed, money, and a lot of atheism.

The main issue that this post pointed out was the urban lifestyle that so many city dwellers have taken up. However, I see this as a challenge. The challenge is to strengthen our faith enough to change our environment, not the other way around. I don’t see the problem as the city lifestyle, but the lifestyle of people in general. The best thing you can do to change this is to live your life in a way that Christ would approve of. Hopefully your good actions will have an effect on others.

Catholic Latinos Strive for a Better Future

“Members of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders gathered this weekend at St. Malo Retreat and Conference Center near Denver, Colo. to evaluate their first four years of existence and set new, ambitious goals for their future growth.

CALL was founded in Denver in 2006, under the auspices of Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., and by then Auxiliary Bishop Jose H. Gomez. Archbishop Gomez was recently appointed as Coadjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles.

The CALL annual members meeting opened on Friday evening, July 23, with a greeting from Archbishop Chaput.

“In my 22 years as a bishop, being part of CALL has been – and still is – one of the important and enjoyable tasks I’ve had,” the Archbishop of Denver wrote. “The leadership of Archbishop Gomez has been outstanding; without his vision and guidance, CALL would not exist.”

“CALL is now poised to play an even more effective role in mobilizing Latino Catholic leaders and renewing American society with the values of family, faith, hard work and moral character,” Archbishop Chaput’s greeting concluded.

“The idea of CALL is very simple,” Archbishop Gomez explained during the first working session. “There is a need to reach out to Latinos that have been successful, because of the growing importance of Latinos in the Catholic Church and in the country.”” – “Catholic Latino Leaders Set Ambitious Goals for Future”, Catholic News Agency

This article from Catholic News Agency was a good read and quite interesting as well. You can check out the full article by clicking here. I found it interesting how little Americans actually care about Latino culture and what Latinos are all about. They are an important part of every day life in America now, and are on the way to no longer being a minority. People should take the time to try and understand more about them and their culture, and I think that the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders is headed in the right direction to getting more people to recognize their culture and accept it as a part of a new American culture.