Monday, December 14, 2009
Mexicanos y La Virgen de Guadalupe
It's odd how little coverage of any sort the parade from the Mission to the St. Mary's Cathedral on Saturday received.
I'm assuming St. Mary Maytag was the destination of the huge procession but am not actually sure.
I stumbled into the group on the way to breakfast and pulled out a camera which occasioned a few seriously scary looks from some of the male participants.
The women all seemed to understand that I was harmless and loved the Virgin of Guadalupe, along with every story associated with her myth.
American Catholic culture right now is disgusting and reactionary, fighting ugly political battles over health care, gays, and abortion that are all about the church's power to pontificate on those subjects even though they are demonstrably on the wrong side of Jesus' conception of love.
As despicable as the Church is with its current Nazi pope and horrible politics, I must admit that the mixture of Mexican Indios and Catholicism is one of the most potent cultural blends in the history of the world.
It is a culture waiting to be unleashed and discovered.