What Some American Christians Can Learn From Mexican Catholics
by Bob Schwartz
Mexico has the second largest Catholic population in the world. With over 100 million Catholics, 91% of Mexicans are Catholic.
There is a migrant caravan of thousands currently heading north through Mexico. I saw a Mexican policewoman giving water to migrants. I saw Mexicans giving food and clothing to migrants.
Forget about the circumstances and politics of this particular migration. Maybe your family history does not include those who had to endure a long and arduous journey to get away from something bad or seek something better—or both. Maybe your family history does.
Forget about what we learn almost daily about the Catholic Church and hidden institutional corruption and perversion. Many in the Church still try to closely follow the teachings of Jesus and the compassion of the Holy Mother—maybe more in Mexico than anywhere.
Thirst, hunger, exposure, suffering. Christians claim to understand these through the example of a savior painfully dying on the cross yet to the end demanding love and compassion, no questions asked. This is something some American Christians—some prominent and powerful American Christians—seem to hypocritically ignore. This is something some Mexican Catholics seem to remember and live by.
good article of yours and pic…most protestant denominations are messed up. c >
Thanks. I try hard not to paint any denomination or tradition with a broad brush (notice that I add the word “some” a lot). I do, however, think that when denominations see members publicly badging their faith while at the same time ignoring the principles of that faith, denominations should step up and distance themselves–but they usually don’t. This has been worse than ever in the Trump era; maybe it’s just that hypocrites have been emboldened by the example of their leader and role model. “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”