Mission San Gabriel Archangel, California

Mission San Gabriel Archangel, California
Mission San Gabriel Archangel circa 1889

Friday, April 17, 2015

Pope Francis to honor Junipero Serra at American seminary in Rome

Now watch the next flood of anti-Serra complaints from those who claim he was a cruel taskmaster who enslaved the natives and took their culture from them.

They will trot out the same old, trite - and untrue - complaints without explaining why thousands of natives flocked to the missions and even begged the friars to establish missions near them. Or why they stayed without chains or other restrains.

If BL Father Serra was so cruel, why did thousands walk hundreds of miles - something they had never done before in their history - to pass the grave of their beloved father when he died.

Having studied Father Serra's life, I sincerely hope Pope Francis will not change his mind about this. Saint Junipero should be celebrated all over California - and the world.