May 2, 2015

Who would know best?

AP's running this story today:
ROME — Pope Francis on Saturday praised the zeal of an 18th-century Franciscan missionary he will make a saint when he visits the United States this fall but whom Native Americans say brutally converted indigenous people to Christianity.
I've written about this before. Don't you find it odd that the pope -- who doesn't know a thing firsthand about this Junipero Serra person he's about to crown a saint -- would go forward, given the Native American storyline on Serra? I mean, who would know better whether Serra was a saint or a monster? The pope who never met him, or the descendants of the people Serra brutalized?

If he was a "saint", don't you think he'd have a better rep in the community where he was active? That the pope would move forward on this is bizarre. But then, Roman Catholicism is quite mad.

You can read my original post here. It provides all the lurid details. The guy was a genocidal monster. And as I said in the earlier post, he's about to become Saint Genocidal Monster. It's disgusting.

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