- Apr 2, 2020
For years, Orlando Marquez and his family made the pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayó, a Catholic sanctuary located in northern New Mexico and known as the “Lourdes of America.”
Hispanics now account for 40 percent of all U.S. Catholics, and a solid majority of school-age Catholics. Yet Hispanic Americans are strikingly underrepresented in Catholic schools and in the priesthood — accounting for less than 19 percent of Catholic school enrollment and only about 3 percent of U.S.-based priests.
New data shows stark divides between Hispanic and White Catholics over Trump.
The three challenges facing both the U.S. Catholic Church and this country right now are segregation, polarization and resignation, Boston College professor Hosffman Ospino told attendees at the 58th Annual Southwest Liturgical Conference Study Week in Tucson.
In 2018-19, 47 percent of Latinos identified as Catholic, down from 57 percent a decade ago. A Pew Research Center study found the share of Latinos who say they are religiously unaffiliated is now 23 percent, up from 15 percent in 2009.
At a meeting for Latino priests, gathered clergy spoke of the need to look out for one another as brothers and affirmed the need to walk with the poor.