You know, if the Vatican had a disaster alarm that could sound across Rome, it would be blaring right about now.
In Argentina and across traditionally Catholic Latin America, Mormon churches are multiplying and the region boasts the largest Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints membership outside the United States.
So, Hispanics are being attracted to the home of the Holy Skivvies in droves. Hrm.
For a community that traditionally is eager about the coming of the Lord and worshiping anyone (i.e. mama, saints, friends, folk who have been canonized that thought Jesus was a swell guy, and anyone with a funny, deified reflection of sunlight on their windshield), this is an odd connection.
There is no hope of rapture, the maternal connection to Christ and some of those marriage rites of passage aren’t the most common thing in the Latino world.
Don’t get me wrong. Mormons are great people who work hard to get God to notice them (hence, they are great people). But this is not a distinction you would typically associate with Hispanics.
Besides, have you been to Utah lately? I have… and let’s just say the only thing Latin up there is Yo Quiero Taco Bell. Saints are not allowed to ride shotgun to the Temple. Drop the rosary and enjoy the pilgrimage, gang.