Are Hispanics “Catholic”?
Here’s an article that mentions the incorporation of “Afro-Brazilian rites” into the Roman Catholic liturgy in Brazil. In fact, this is a widespread phenomenon across all of Central and South America. Given that the vast majority of inhabitants in these places are Amerindian, mestizo, or African, they identify neither with Europe nor with European traditions. Parishioners, priests and bishops recently have demanded the expunging of “European elements” from their liturgy (which is occurring in the U.S. too), and want to replace them with various Amerindian elements (e.g. Aztlan) or African elements (as in Brazil) depending upon the backgrounds of the people.
For the record, I don’t have a problem with the incorporation of indigenous elements. This, for example, is part of the beauty of Orthodox Christianity. It emphases the homogenous ethnicity of its various congregations while simultaneously worshiping universal elements of Christianity. This is much closer to the original Christian churches than those today plagued by liberal notions of multiculturalism, universal entitlement and globalist humanitarianism. But we should label this Hispanic trend for what it is, and it is not Western. It is part of their own unique history, and not a part of our, Western, tradition.
And not only have many of these people been converting to Pentecostalism, which is more than happy to eradicate any European liturgical practices in favor of indigenous ones, but many of them have been converting to Islam. I don’t know the numbers for Central and South America, but for the past few years in the U.S. over 200,000 Hispanics have converted to Islam, and this phenomenon will continue.
Regarding immigration, this should raise doubts about the prospects of “assimilation” of these people. I suspect that they will assimilate many Americans, but doubt the opposite will occur.