This is something that Catholics in N. America should be proud of.
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Was not just the Jesuits but also the Franciscans that were very good at inculturation. The Franciscans who converted the Mayans let them retain a lot of their local customs (besides for the blood sacrificing of course, which the Mayans understood to not be necessary due the Mass's offering of Divine Blood every day). The idea of using a seasonal calendar that matched the stars and honored revered saints made perfect sense to them as well.

And for another form inculturation just look up information about the Tlaxcalans (pronounced: "TLAWSH-cah-lawns"), an ally of Cortés against Tenochtitlán (the Aztecs). They lived in the hills and for a few generations after the conquest retained their way of life, while having their royalty marry in with Spanish nobility. As far as the Spanish were concerned, as long as they did not cause problems (like human sacrifice) and left everyone else alone than everything was fine.
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Re: This is something that Catholics in N. America should be proud of. - by WanderingPenitent - 06-09-2009, 01:44 PM



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