Volume 10, Number 1 (2002)

Lo Cotidiano, Then and Now

This issue of the Journal of Hispanic / Latino Theology, is packed with riches: mujerista reflections on the everyday survival-struggles of Latinas; a study on an ancient Latin-Spanish liturgy that turns out to be one of the roots of today's Hispanic / Latino worship; and an important new study on Church leadership in Hispanic / Latino/a parishes.
Advancing her project in mujerista theology, Ada María Isasi-Díaz underscores the importance of the struggle for survival that working and poor women face in their everyday life — en lo cotidiano — as a crucial source for Hispanic Latino/a theology. Long neglected as a horizon for academic theology, women's everyday experience holds the key to authentic and lasting liberation. Even where Latina/o theologies target large-scale macro-structural changes, those “must be rooted in lo cotidiano," she writes. "Unless the changes we struggle to bring about impact the organization and function of lo cotidiano, structural change will not happen, and, if it happens, it will not last."
Raúl R. Gómez, S.D.S., reports on his fascinating research into the history of the "Mozarabic" rite, one of the Early Church Latin rites that passed into vernacular languages — including castellano — with the fading of the Roman Empire. Starting in the 1980s, the Roman Catholic Church facilitated the renewal of some of those rites. Gómez studies the contemporary Spanish-Mozarabic Good Friday rites, as practiced at the Church of Santa Eulalia in Toledo. Along the way he discovers one of the ancient roots of contemporary Latin@ religiosity.
We close with an important new study from Kenneth G. Davis, Andrew Hernandez, and Philip E. Lampe. They assess data from their 1999 survey of Hispanic churchgoers — experiences, needs, and deficits with respect to Hispanic leadership in their churches. Commissioned by the National Catholic Council on Hispanic Ministry (NCCHM), the study concludes that "because Hispanics are an increasingly important part of the Church in the United States (and society), Hispanic Catholic leadership development (especially among women, youth and young adults) requires an immediate and significant investment. Once formed, such leaders are very likely to contribute time, talent, and treasure to the Church."



Hispanic Catholic Leadership: Key to the Future
Kenneth G. Davis, Andrew Hernández, and Philip E. Lampe

Book Reviews


La Navidad Hispana at Home and at Church
Miguel Arias, Mark R. Francis, and Arturo J. Rodríguez-Pérez


Oscar Romero: Reflections on His Life and Writings
Marie Dennis, Rennie Golden, and Scott Wright


Preaching and Culture in Latino Congregations
Kenneth G. Davis and Jorge L. Presmanes

JHLT Cover | vol. 10:1 (Aug. 2002)

Editors (vol. 10 no. 1)

Jean-Pierre Ruiz
St. John's University, New York
Associate Editor
Alejandro García-Rivera
Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley
Book Review Editor
Tim Matovina
Loyola Marymount University