San Fernando Cathedral: Incarnating the Theology Born of the Mexican American Cultural Center

Citation: 
Goizueta, Roberto S. “San Fernando Cathedral: Incarnating the Theology Born of the Mexican American Cultural Center.” Listening: Journal of Religion and Culture. 32(3):190-203. 1997.
Abstract: 

In “San Fernando Cathedral: Incarnating the Theology Born of the Mexican American Cultural Center,” Roberto Goizueta describes San Antonio’s Mexican American Cultural Center as the birthplace of a Galilean theology incarnated in the Cathedral of San Fernando. As Rector of San Fernando, Virgilio Elizondo developed this theology which understands God as choosing to become incarnate in what the world rejects, that is, in Jesus of Nazareth and his Galilean culture. God thus meets people, and people meet each other, in the Galilean borderland. San Fernando Cathedral, with its heritage of mestizaje and marginalization, reflects this Galilean perspective of reconciliation. A Galilean theology, incarnated in Jesus of Nazareth and embodied in the Cathedral of San Fernando, counters America’s frontier mentality of conquest (represented in San Antonio’s more famous landmark, the Alamo), embraces marginalized cultures as true evangelizers rather than mere objects of evangelization, and demonstrates all peoples’ common Galilean future.

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