New Year's Resolutions for a Cardinal (#9)
The roots of this outflux are many: meager or non-existent catechesis in the immigrants' home countries..."Catholicism lite" here in L.A....clergy sex-crimes scandals in your Archdiocese...radio programs and ad campaigns by non-Catholic "iglesias"...the warm welcomes and practical aid that sects give to homesick, bewildered immigrants...the seductive "gospels" of prosperity, contraception and divorce that some Protestant ministers preach...etc.
Launch a crash program to bring back the lost Latinos. For example, seek the counsel of bishops who are successful in that. Poll your priests, religious and lay people "in the trenches" for ideas. Direct each parish to begin an outreach to bring back sheep who have strayed. Import the methods of the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate, who go door to door to rescue fallen-away and lapsed Catholics.
Set up a multi-million-dollar fund to provide welcomes and practical services to new arrivals. Begin Spanish-language radio and TV catechism programs (starring only 100-percent orthodox catechists). Run professionally produced ads in the Spanish-language media. Raise a seven-figure sum to fund pro-life Latino groups trying to save babies from millionaire abortionists and the "clinicas" that push contaception, abortifacients and sterilization on our Latin youth and families.
Is God trying to Catholicize the USA through immigration from the south? He might just be. If so, that is all the more reason to go all-out to make every Latino a Catholic who knows and practices our Holy Faith.