18 February 2015

Why Serra Should Not Be A Saint

Why Serra Should Not Be A Saint, by Jacqueline M. Hidalgo (Religion Dispatches, 3 February 2015)

Thus the Serra that Pope Francis seeks to canonize is not just a potential saint because of his violent evangelism, but also because he became a European tool for the U.S. conquest of Californian territory—a means for ignoring the complex Mexican history of the U.S.’s most populous state. Perhaps for this reason, more than any other, California’s mission period is the last place we should look for saints; too much violent nationalism lies at the core of California mission memorialization to be of use to a global church.