|The book used at my parish.|
Then I came home and sat at my computer where I looked at the Catholic calendar distributed by the parish. You got it -- bilingual with all the months of the year and days of the week in Spanish first and all the feasts and solemnities, etc. in both languages each day in print so small it's unreadable. I took the calendar off the desk and threw it in the circular file. Then I looked through all the 2018 calendars I received in the mail and hung up one that has nice big blocks for writing my appointments and is all in English.
One daily aggravation eliminated!
If I go to a foreign country I don't expect everybody to speak English. Hey, I'm happy when I meet someone who speaks English, but I don't expect it. I visited my daughter in Spain when she was teaching there almost 20 years ago and I practiced my smattering of Spanish at the local grocery store and coffee shop. In fact, I was a source of entertainment to the proprietor of the coffee shop when, like a two-year-old, I pointed to my eyes, nose, mouth, teeth, and chin and said the correct Spanish words. I even got a little applause.
But if I decided to emigrate to Spain or France or Germany or Poland, I would expect to have to learn the language. I would not expect Masses to be bi-lingual. I would not expect my children to be taught in my foreign language in the public school (nor would I want them to be since total immersion is the best way to learn a language). I would not be offended if all the materials in the pew were in the language of the country in which I was living. I would want to assimilate into the culture of the country where I had chosen to live, like the earlier immigrants to the United States who truly "melted" in.
So let's offer English classes in our parishes and have practice sessions where people can come together and play games, learn vocabulary, and get acquainted. I'll be glad to come and learn more Spanish words while I share English. But can we ditch the political correctness?