ERIC Number: ED206743
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-20
The Church's Apostolate to the Hispanic Community.
Fitzpatrick, Joseph P.
The Catholic Church has a responsibility to create an environment in which the practice of the faith makes sense to Hispanics, and enables their religious vitality to express itself within the Church of the United States. Over the next one hundred years the Catholic population of the United States will be predominantly Hispanic. The Church and its educational system must adapt by becoming more responsive to the special needs of Catholic Hispanics. There are few Hispanic clergy in the United States. The Church has embarked on a program to educate the clergy concerning the language and culture of Hispanics, and to teach the clergy to be more effective in dealing with the poor. However, this effort has not touched all of the parishes where Hispanics are members, and many Hispanics remain isolated and unintegrated in their parishes. Catholic schools should thus work to prepare students to exercise their influence in both the Church and community. Young Hispanics are undereducated and underemployed in comparison to the general population. If the Church expects to remedy this problem it must become more sensitive to Hispanic values and more appreciative of their problems. (Author/APM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Catholic Education Association (New York, NY, April 20, 1981).