- Jan 22, 2020
On Saturday, December 10, hundreds of pilgrims walked a procession in honor of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe carrying images of Mary. The feast brings together people of all ages and backgrounds, but it is a particularly special event for the Hispanic Catholic community.
A new study from the U.S. bishops found that three-quarters of those U.S. Catholics born before Vatican II are non-Hispanic white Catholics. And more than half, 54 percent, of what it calls the millennial-generation Catholics (born 1982 or later) are Hispanic or Latino.
Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles says reading his election as vice president of the U.S. bishops’ conference as a referendum on either Donald Trump or Pope Francis is wrong. Instead, he said, it’s a statement about the Hispanic presence in the United States and in the American Catholic church.
Delve into the poll numbers, and trends emerge that speak to the future of Catholic voting in the U.S. While white Catholics favor Donald Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton 48 to 41 percent in a recent PRRI poll, the opposite is true of non-white Catholics, the vast majority of whom are Latino. Those non-white Catholics choose Clinton over Trump 78 to 17 percent.
Catholic leaders, including the National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry, are joining other Christian groups in calling out what they say is anti-immigrant rhetoric, and are calling on Christians in the country to welcome and appreciate immigrants.
Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles isn’t just any bishop, but one of the most influential prelates in the U.S. and, arguably, the world, seeing himself as a “bridge” between the Americans and a tribune for Hispanic/Latino issues in the States, especially immigration.