What's the point of attending a church where many don't even speak English? A major aspect of being a church member is the fellowship with others who share your values. If all you want is a sermon, that's available on television or the radio.
Many people living in modern societies — where increasing time is spent in individual activities — are starving for community. One indication was the surprising success of Robert Putnam's 1995 book Bowling Alone with its message of the natural human desire for connection with others. Prof. Putnam later found that diversity decreases trust and reduces social capital, a finding which he downplayed in the service of multicultural ideology. Churches have been an oasis of community until diversity arrived.
Schism hits church, San Bernardino Sun, March 13, 2010The Catholic Church has long been the leader of the misguided religious community in pursuing amnesty for lawbreaking illegal aliens. But the majority of parishioners don't want it, as shown by the recent Zogby poll in which 64 percent of Catholics supported enforcement to encourage illegals to go home.
Elaine Cartwright has been a loyal parishioner at her Fontana church for 50-plus years.
Her three sons were altar boys there. All four of her kids received their First Communion and were confirmed there.
Her father donated the statue of Jesus that is placed on the left side of the sanctuary during Easter season.
She and her late husband contributed $1,000 to build the social hall.
But she doesn't feel part of the church anymore.
As she tries to cope with the changing demographics, Cartwright said she feels out of place in a church where Spanish is now as common as English.
"My church isn't my church anymore," said Cartwright, a 72-year-old Fontana resident who attends Blessed John XXIII Parish.
Cartwright isn't the only one opposed to the changes taking place in the Catholic Church. [...]
[Carolynn] DeJarnette said the loss of fellowship left her feeling cold and isolated.
"You used to go to the hall after church and have coffee and doughnuts," DeJarnette said. "Now, you have menudo and tamales and everybody speaks Spanish. We used to have a church carnival to raise funds. Now, we have a fiesta."
DeJarnette said she has nothing against Latinos, pointing out that two of her grandchildren are of Mexican descent.
Her problem is the church's support for a new immigration policy that would allow illegal immigrants to become legal residents and earn a path to citizenship.
Besides, Jesus never said it was acceptable to harm one group in order to help another.