This one burns.
Thank you, Amy, Juan, and guests. If there’s a part II, I can’t find it.
More strong sentiments:
I seem to have mislaid an article that featured excerpts from a book that chronicled Serra’s history from Baja north up the coast, and Serra’s purported reasons for all of it. Given that, I’ll provide this piece by Bill Berkowitz, ‘Franciscan Friar Who Brought Destruction and Death to California’s Native Peoples Canonized by Pope’.
Berkowitz mentions some of the very laudatory things this Pope has done, including apologizing for the church’s crimes against the Indigenous in the Americas while he was in Bolivia, and wonders at the major disconnect of this act.
And ‘Walk for the Ancestors Brings Attention to Mission System, Rejects Serra Sainthood’ by Nanette Deetz, 9/22/15
Aside for the personal voices speaking, this:
“Between 1797 and 1850 approximately 6,690 burials were recorded at Mission San Jose, with 8,200 baptisms recorded by 1850. According to “The Missions of California: A Legacy of Genocide” 81.6 percent of Indians baptized, died here.”
Just at one of his missions, note.
“Under the mission system, California’s Native people endured torture, brutal slavery, abuse, theft of land, and the loss of language, culture, and spiritual practices. “Mothers would give themselves abortions so their children would not have to suffer abuse. These stories have been passed down to us from our mothers and grandmothers. We want people to know the truth, not the historic myth that surrounds these missions. The walk has also made me realize that historic trauma is still with me today. It never goes away,” Holland explained. “I now realize this walk is about inter-tribal relations, and building solidarity between all California Indians. Before we started, I didn’t know who the Ohlone or Miwok were, and many tribes didn’t know about the Tataviam.”
One of the most difficult areas of the walk has been the treatment of graves. “At Mission Dolores in San Francisco, there are some gravesites, but most are under the parking lots and streets surrounding the Mission. At the Mission in San Rafael, there are none. Yet we know there were mass graves, so our ancestors are there, just not acknowledged,” Holland said.”
Christianity’s ‘Saving Souls’ is not a concept I can get behind; the hubris and arrogance is almost too much to bear. ‘Don’t mess with a Missionary Man’.
‘The Pope is Dishonest About Zero Tolerance for Child Sex Abuse; Pam Spees of the Center for Constitutional Rights and Barbara Blaine of SNAP say the Catholic Church and Pope Francis are not serious about addressing the church’s on-going struggles with child sexual abuse’ at the real news network.
I haven’t read the transcript or watched, but I do have great admiration for the folks at CCR. If they’re on target, it’s a subject worth pursuing mightily.