When worlds collide: Culture clashes in the parish
With Mexican, American, and Mexican American cultures mixing at parishes, Gary Riebe-Estrella recommends a good dose of patience and understanding.
When Gary Riebe-Estrella, S.V.D. was a new priest, he had one heck of a time hearing Confessions from Mexicans and Mexican Americans in East Los Angeles. He was taught in the seminary that he could not give absolution until he had learned exactly what penitents had done and exactly how many times they had done it: This was called the "matter" of the sacrament.