With the pope's announcement that he is going to make the founder of the California missions a state, isolated small groups and intellectuals are attacking this decision.
As someone who has studied Father Serra's life, this article is quite heartwarming and it corroborates what I've come to feel about this devout and caring man. Here is a quote from the article that says what needs to be said:
“I began to realize: especially the most malicious comments about Fr. Serra were usually by people who knew nothing about him, who had picked it up secondhand on the internet or on a blog, or who simply just didn’t care for the Catholic Church and its doctrine.”
The full article can be read @ http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/history-truth-and-politics-researcher-seeks-to-clear-the-record-on-junipero-serra-27662/
It is refreshing to see a man who fell away from the church have the integrity to take an honest look at Father Serra and his fellow friars. I've long felt I was a lone voice in the wilderness espousing his virtues and efforts.