Are there no more Catholic towns?
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I have fond memories of two ghetto-parishes. The first was The Church of the Assumption where I was baptised, but the neighborhood was demolished in the 1950's bit by bit. It was predominately Northern Italians immigrants from Genoa or the Piedmont and Piacenza. The priests were Servites and everyone spoke Italian including the priests. They were real tenements like in the honeymooners on TV. Wash was hung out to dry on the fourth or fifth story roofs. Very few did not avail themselves of the Sacraments.Many made Salame or Salume or Prosciutto which hung in dirt floor basements, oops wine too. The grammar school was founded by Mother Cabrini and was bi-lingual, Italian and English, and my mother took the highest awards upon graduation.The Servites had other parishes as St. Phillip Neri, St. Phillip Benezi, and St. Dominic. They are all gone, except the Church of the Assumption. Most of the Northern Italians were Republicans but the old Mayor Daley used to come to a Dinner to raise money for the Church every year. in those days there was little strife between Republicans and Democrats though as today the Democrats were loaded.

My second was St. Andrew's Church where my great grand mother the Genovese came to live after they demolished her home and life. She was in a wheel chair and me and my brother would engage her brake to be mischievous. This  neighborhood was way mixed. Italians, Germans, Slavs, Hungarians, Irish, and tiny amount of Mexicans. This was an ethnic melting pot but it was a melting pot glued together by Catholicism. I learned a smattering of many languages, and tasted the food of many cultures. Not like today where everyone thinks they know what is Italian from Lydia on TV or some other phony.

Using my friend's Laszlo measurement as a yard stick these ghettos approached the Vatican in Catholicity. There was also more charity and a realization that we all were sinners. You didn't stick your nose in some ones transgression unless it approached some thing terrible.
There was also a fighting spirit. If someone as an intruder caused real harm like attempting a rape or a robbery he would be dealt with swiftly. My father once subdued a would be rapist while holding up his overalls and with his GI 45 caliber sent a shot which caused the pervert to surrender. The police thanked him and said he could let him go and that they would take him to the Station. He's lucky my father wasn't angry or he might have been neutered.

Dr. Rao writes a bit about how important it is to have this type of community. From what I have read until we have little ghetto-parishes or little towns or little villages to bring back tradition with a small t we will not be able to bring back tradition with a capital T. You see the American idea of the little nuclear family is not Catholic, it is Protestant. Catholic is the extended family. Before we can bring back the Reign of Christ the King we must get rid of the Protestant notions. Parishes in a city, or a small town or a village will bring cohesion around the Church Parish. Homogeneity is unimportant a diverse ethnic group as long as it is Catholic is good and can afford the children a better understanding of other Catholic customs.
 
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Are there no more Catholic towns? - by actiofidei - 07-27-2009, 10:09 AM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by Melita - 07-27-2009, 10:13 AM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by Melita - 07-27-2009, 10:28 AM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by Credo - 07-27-2009, 11:06 AM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by glgas - 07-27-2009, 11:06 AM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by Credo - 07-27-2009, 11:17 AM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by Belloc - 07-27-2009, 11:49 AM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by Belloc - 07-27-2009, 11:51 AM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by Belloc - 07-27-2009, 11:52 AM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by Belloc - 07-27-2009, 11:53 AM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by timoose - 07-27-2009, 01:17 PM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by glgas - 07-27-2009, 01:30 PM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by Tobri - 07-27-2009, 02:26 PM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by Melita - 07-27-2009, 02:31 PM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by Tobri - 07-27-2009, 03:43 PM



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