- May 28, 2020
Washington isn’t exactly known for its religious memorials.
California’s Stanford University will strip the name of 18th-century Franciscan friar, St. Junipero Serra, from some of its properties but keep a street named after him.
Archbishop Jose Goméz urged the 2018 graduates of the Catholic University of America to tell the story of “a new America.”
San Francisco arts commissioners have voted to remove a statue that shows a Native American man at the feet of a conquering Spanish cowboy and Catholic missionary.
At the annual Red Mass for government and legal professionals, Archbishop Jose Gomez made a strong case for America’s tradition of welcoming immigrants and promoting religious freedom. The mass was attended by five justices of the United States Supreme Court.
Another statue of St. Junipero Serra has been defaced in California. The founder of the California missions has been criticized for his treatment of native populations in the 18th century. However, when Pope Francis made him a saint, he said Serra “sought to defend the dignity of the native community, to protect it from those who had mistreated and abused it.”