Saint Serra: Vandalism & Genocide

October 25, 2015

On September 23, the day the Pope declared Junípero Serra a saint, between 20 and 30 people, mostly Native Americans, gathered in the Carmel Mission cemetery to pay respect to Serra’s victims.

The Mission cemetery is small and picturesque; a handful of “Indian Graves” marked by crude wooden crosses and lined with abalone shells. This is all for show.

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In reality, there are no individual graves here. This is a mass grave and the soil under foot is rich with human bone fragments. Read the rest of this entry »

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Saint Serra

January 25, 2015

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Junipero Serra

Those of us who are neither Catholics nor saints probably shouldn’t care whom the Pope decides to honor as a saint. After all, previous Popes made saints of some pretty nasty people. They even made saints of some who were entirely fictional. Yet those were just embarrassing mistakes (like torturing tens of thousands of men, women and children to death as witches) made during the bad old Dark Ages, weren’t they? The Church today would never declare someone a saint who hadn’t lived a life that set an extremely high moral and spiritual example, not just for their own time, but for all time. Would they? Read the rest of this entry »