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Cruz Pimentel wrote:

Hi, guys —

Our Catholic Church is holding an event on a Sunday and is completely eliminating the Spanish Mass for that Sunday. Our priest is opposed to a bilingual Mass. I feel this totally wrong through God's eyes.

  • Is this acceptable?
  • How can I go about challenging this?

My heart is broken. We speak so much about unity but are driving a wedge between the English and Spanish speaking [people].

Thank you for your time and consideration.

With Gods love,

Cruz Pimentel

  { Is my pastor's decision to not have a bilingual Mass acceptable and how do I challenge this? }

Bob replied:

Cruz,

I feel how much this hurts you, and perhaps others from the Spanish community, and I imagine if the Pastor knew he may have reconsidered the plan. That being said, I'm certain he never intended to hurt anyone; sometimes people don't always think things through.

  • Do you have a Spanish-speaking priest that could become the advocate?

They may have gone through various scenarios already and figured that it just wouldn't work but there may be another option they haven't considered.

If there isn't a workable option you'll have to move on from this and ask the Lord to heal the wound. It isn't always possible to make everything work perfectly.

Peace,

Bob Kirby

Mike replied:

Dear Cruz,

I wanted to add to Bob’s answer but with a different view or angle.

The pastor should try to meet the needs of his parishioners though this is not always possible.

You said:
My heart is broken. We speak so much about unity but are driving a wedge between the English and Spanish speaking [people].

The United States has always been, and will always be, an English-speaking country. That said, over the past years there has been a great influx of new immigrants into the United States.

Sadly, they have been allowed into our country with little, to no, knowledge of basic American civics: the study of the rights and duties of American citizenship. I think it is important to see what the Church says from the Catechism on this issue: Note my highlight.

Under: The duties of citizens.

CCC 2241 The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin. Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him.

Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants' duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws, and to assist in carrying civic burdens.

On a personal note: I work at a place where many, many customers do not speak the language of our country: English; and I find it very rude and discouraging that they don’t invest the time and money to learn English as a second language, seeing our English-speaking country (this is how we exchange goods, services, and money) gives them so much in return.

Just my two cents.

Mike

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