Westside. Perhaps what is really needed is a new parish on the
Westside, which would be exclusively Latino. There is precedent for
this with the waves of 19th century immigrants. Germans in Memphis
and French, Italians, Polish, Croatians and others in Chicago founded
churches, often within a few blocks of an existing "English" church.
They wanted to worship in their own way and their own language, as do
the Latinos quoted in the article.
Many Eastside residents now attend church on the Balboa Peninsula
or in Eastbluff, taking their donations with them, precisely because
they feel the St. Joachim's parish has become more geared toward
Latino needs than their own.
But the final push for Soto and the Diocese of Orange County to
found the new parish should be the Latino woman cited in the article
who is actually planning to starve herself as a protest to existing
conditions at St. Joachim's.
It just isn't working.
ROSEMARY C. STEINBRECHER