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A Different Kind of History

Chip. Wrote: Nov 18, 2012 12:53 AM
I agree with this column, except where Gomez uses the phrase "Hispanic-Catholic", obviously trying to sound inclusive towards the largely Mestizo (people with mixed Spanish and Latin American Indian ancestry, or just pure Latin Indian) population of Hispanics in America today. It's a lie to suggest they had anything to do with US history until they came here to do farm work during WW2. Zero. "Mexicans" north of the Rio Grande were mostly Spaniards. The missions built in California, places mentioned in Florida, were built by Spaniards. Elsewhere lived French, Irish, and other Catholics, who also made contributions. The "Hispanic" influx was largely illegal and their votes undermine Catholic doctrine.

"Before there were houses in this land, there were altars." A timelier reminder you could not get, as we confront realities about immigration and secularization in the United States. It's a point made by the Archbishop of Los Angeles, Jose H. Gomez, as he tries to morally educate, animate, and challenge.

Gomez promotes learning the entire story behind our country's founding. "Immigrant missionaries were naming this continent's rivers and mountains and territories for saints, sacraments and articles of the faith," as he put it in a speech to the Napa Institute last summer.

"Catholics founded America's oldest settlement,...