“Pope Francis Canonizes Controversial Saint Serra” read a CNN headline.
Last Wednesday more than 20,000 people converged on a Washington basilica to witness the canonization of Junipero Serra by Pope Francis on his first trip to America. This was hailed as historical since Serra is the first to be canonized on US soil.
However, some Native Americans are objecting because they contend that Serra’s achievements are nothing to celebrate. They say he created a military-backed mission system that thrived on brutality and resulted in tens of thousands of deaths.
I object, too, but for other reasons. Continue reading