Tradition, Reform of the Reform, and Hispanic Catholics
We are hearing wonderful news about the ever-increasing ability of the Extraordinary Form, and every day we hear of more parishes that are returning to tradition within the ordinary form (greater use of Latin, Gregorian Chant) – you know what I’m talking about.
So why does it seem none of this is happening at Masses in Spanish? (Or for the EF, Masses in which the homily is in Spanish etc.)?
Is it really that no Hispanic Catholics have an interest in Pope Benedict’s plan for a return to tradition? Or is there some sort of general feeling in some circles that less advantaged, immigrant populations aren’t a priority in this movement?
I love my Reform of the Reform parish (which has no masses in Spanish), but I also have strong ties to the Hispanic Community, and it saddens me that these two groups of people seem so far apart.
Even in New York City, I haven’t found one parish with a Mass for the Hispanic Community that also shows some sense of a return to tradition.
I have, for some time, wondered the exact same thing. It seems like the movement for the EF is more prevalent in the U.S. and France than almost anywhere else. There are very few EF masses in Latin American or Spain so I would imagine that most immigrants from those countries aren’t even aware of its’ availability. I do have to say that Mass in Latin American countries tend to be more reverent and less “experimental” like they are here. That being said, the proliferation of Protestant sects within Hispanics, here and at home, has been so great that Hispanic Catholics have been assimilating pentecostal and evangelical forms of worship in their masses. I’m Hispanic, born and raised, but I prefer mass in English. I haven’t been to one Hispanic mass here in the U.S. that doesn’t seem more Protestant than Catholic. Hispanics have produced great saints and enriched the Church with devotions, art, literature, architecture, etc like few other cultures. It is up there with Italy and France. I can’t understand what happened to Hispanic Catholicism in our country, it’s like they forget centuries of Tradition as soon as they get here. Very sad.