Bridging Boundaries: The Pastoral Care of U.S. Hispanics
This Book Examines the theological implications of the Hispanic sensus fidelium as expressed in religion popular, seeing it as a consensus that needs to be fully accepted for itself by the official church. It plays a double role as both a vehicle for the Christian faith in Hispanic communities and as praxis that helps Hispanics hold on to one of the key elements of their identity, namely the Christian Religion. It also examines the implications of diversity among Hispanics in the United States. There are two reasons why this immigration is different from those of the past: it brings a constantly renewing flow of immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean and it is richly diverse with its differences and likenesses. Only when the religious traditions of these immigrants and their diversity are truly embraced by the church, will it truly become a key element in American Hispanic culture. So one of the key objects of this thorough pastoral study of American Hispanics, is to try to build better bridges of communication over the boundaries that separate culture, generation, ethnicity, language, acculturation, gender, race and religion.
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