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Young Hispanic Catholics Continue to Shift to Evangelical Churches
Christian Post ^ | 10/24/2011 | Alex Murashko

Posted on 10/24/2011 8:06:51 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Perhaps hungry to assimilate into American culture, more second and third generation Hispanics raised as Catholics are finding the worship style of evangelical churches in the U.S. more to their liking and leaving the centuries old religion.

Although the trend has been reported in the past, a recent National Public Radio (NPR) article points to the shift led by young Latinos as the major reason for the increasing numbers of U.S. Hispanics leaving the Catholic church.

Even more specifically, a movement toward Pentecostal churches may be where the influx of Hispanics from the Catholic faith is seen most, according to NPR.

Reverend Wilfredo de Jesus of New Life Covenant Church in Chicago believes the Christian Church in the U.S. is hugely impacted by the country's Hispanics.

"No doubt, every denomination would have decreased in membership if it had not been for Hispanic growth, including our fellowship, the Assemblies of God,” De Jesus said as reported by NPR.

In a 2009 study reported on by The Christian Post, the trend was already quite visible and not only toward Pentecostal.

“You cannot help but notice the changing relationship between Hispanics and the Catholic Church,” said George Barna, whose Barna Group published the research. “While many Hispanic immigrants come to the United States with ties to Catholicism, the research shows that many of them eventually connect with a Protestant church.”

Isabel Monje, founder of the Christian outreach ministry called Transformacion Mundial, told CP on Friday that she has seen a revival among Hispanics who were formerly Catholic worldwide during the last three decades.

“This revival (of U.S. Catholics) started in South America,” she said.

Monje said a big reason young Hispanics gravitate to evangelical and Pentecostal churches is because of the Latinos’ love for music.

The shift amongst Hispanics began in the 1980s’ with Marcos Witt, she said. Witt is the son of a missionary couple who lived in Mexico. He is a four-time Latin Grammy Award-winning Christian singer and pastor who has sold more than 10 million records in México, Latin America, and the United States.

“Marcos Witt started in Mexico and then he came to the U.S. and he helped start a revival,” Monje said. “Because of him so many other worship leaders started copying him and followed in his footsteps.

“As Latinos, we are into music. It’s in our blood. Those (in the Catholic community) were not exposed to churches doing concerts. The second generation wants to be more Americanized and they know that American Christians do concerts and seminars,” she explained.

However, Monje said she believes it is something more that worship music that is stirring the Hispanic community.

“Christians are evangelizing more aggressively in the streets, as well as through concerts and such,” she said. “Also, it’s more about the word of God, as we can see, as they say in the last days that the Holy Spirit will be pouring through everybody.

"Christians are [currently more] into missions and into helping the community so all the [Catholics] see that Christians working in the community make a difference. They want to know more about why Christians are doing what they are doing,” she said.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Evangelical Christian; Ministry/Outreach
KEYWORDS: catholics; evangelicals; hispanics

The Rev. Samuel Santana leads the New Life congregation in prayer during the congregation's Spanish language service Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, in Tucson, Ariz. Hispanics converting from Catholicism — particularly new immigrants to the U.S. — are fueling growth in Pentecostalism, which is a form of evangelical Christianity that is typically more spirit-filled and less structured than traditional Christian worship.
1 posted on 10/24/2011 8:06:55 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
According to the diocese, 2/3rds of the Catholics in my county are Hispanics. Go to any parish, and you'll find six English masses with standing-room only, sometimes double capacity, and one Spanish mass. Why?

Mexico suffered for over a hundred years with a bitterly anti-clerical state, funded by U.S. Protestants and freemasons. Tens of thousands of priests, nuns and catechists were brutally slaughtered by the Mexican secularists. Those with the strongest traditionalist ties have led a Catholic re-awakening since the ouster of the PRI. But those who have been socially marginalized have fled to the United States. The 7 million amnestied aliens, 11 million illegal aliens, and 9 million legal aliens who benefited from illegal immigration, rarely have any ties to the Church.

Good for anyone who can bring these Hispanics to Christianity, but my somewhat limited experience is that many of the "evangelical churches" are exploitative hucksters.

2 posted on 10/24/2011 8:25:02 AM PDT by dangus
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To: dangus

Sorry for shouting; I meant to emphasize only one phrase, and the whole paragraph was emboldened.


3 posted on 10/24/2011 8:36:48 AM PDT by dangus
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To: dangus

This is the product of 40 years of Catholic leaders Protestantizing Catholic worship in a failed effort to be relevant.

Catholics need to more clearly define themselves as Catholics both in terms of what they believe and how they worship.

The happy and you know it ecumenism with Protestantism needs to end.


4 posted on 10/24/2011 8:38:24 AM PDT by rzman21
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To: SeekAndFind
Now if they'll just shift to the Republican Party we can give them a big kiss and welcome them to the U.S.A.

The hispanic immigrants I have known--legal or illegal--have been conservative. Of course, I have only know the best--poor, rich, whatever, doesn't matter--not the drug dealers, gang members, racist secessionists, and welfare queens.

The Hispanic immigrants I have known have been very fine people--outraged at the attacks on family values, property rights, etc., coming from the vile, evil, stupid, psychotic, degenerate, destructive, decadent U.S. Left (but I repeat myself).

And, incidentally, when I said this to a native Californian who is a champion of the Left, he replied, with venom (speaking of Mexicans): "We always hated them!"

The Left IS everything it claims to denounce--all the vile, evil, stupid, psychotic, degenerate, destructive, decadent things--those are exactly what the Left IS.

5 posted on 10/24/2011 8:46:02 AM PDT by Savage Beast (America's best hope is the Left's worst nightmare: Herman Cain!)
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To: rzman21

I certainly don’t think it helps that the immigrants can’t tell Catholic from Protestant, thanks to “the spirit of Vatican II.” IN fact, many of these evangelical churches give themselves deliberately confusing names, often even claiming to be “catholic.” But the problems are much deeper than that. These new arrivals know nothing of the faith, and don’t have much interest in it. To call them “Catholic” is as meaningless as calling Howard Stern, “Jewish.”


6 posted on 10/24/2011 2:27:17 PM PDT by dangus
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To: dangus

The liturgy is a starting place, and the Catholic Church in their home countries have done just as bad of a job with catechesis as the American Church has.


7 posted on 10/24/2011 6:04:13 PM PDT by rzman21
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To: Savage Beast

Forty years of liberation theology has pretty much destroyed the Catholic Church in Latin America.


8 posted on 10/24/2011 6:06:37 PM PDT by rzman21
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To: dangus
It isn't just the Mexicans, but you are right. Most Mexicans have little contact with Catholicism.
9 posted on 10/24/2011 6:28:26 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: rzman21

Well, yes... because most of the good priests were all killed; most of the ones who remained were the ones who were willing to get along with the PRI.


10 posted on 10/24/2011 9:24:38 PM PDT by dangus
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I agree. One of our parishes here has a 60 percent population of Hispanics, with over 400 Baptisms.

They are going anywhere — they are staying put.


11 posted on 10/24/2011 9:31:46 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: rzman21

The new translations and chant will bring them back. Actually the English translation is what is changing the spanish had it right all along.


12 posted on 10/24/2011 9:33:17 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

The new translations are a return to what existed before the current translation was introduced.


13 posted on 10/25/2011 7:02:27 AM PDT by rzman21
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To: Salvation

They should do away with Mass facing the people.


14 posted on 10/25/2011 7:13:55 AM PDT by rzman21
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