Another statue of St. Junipero Serra vandalized

Statue at Old Santa Barbara Mission decapitated and splashed with red paint, latest in a series of incidents targeting the missionary who brought the faith to the West Coast

Junipero Serra Statue Beheaded at the Old Santa Barbara Mission (image from Twitter)

A statue of St. Junipero Serra at the Old Santa Barbara Mission in California has been decapitated and splashed with red paint. The bronze statue was vandalized overnight between Sunday and Monday.

An 18th century Spanish Franciscan, Serra is remembered in Catholic circles as the missionary who brought the faith to the West Coast of the Americas, having founded nine missions himself from San Francisco to San Diego, and he inspired the creation of twelve others after his death in 1784. He’s formally known as the “Apostle of California.”

It is estimated that during his ministry, Serra baptized about 6,000 native people.

When Pope Francis made Serra 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.”

Critics, however, associate Serra with human rights violations and the destruction of native cultures, among other things charging that natives at his missions who refused to embrace Christianity were often mistreated, including imprisoning them to prevent them from leaving.

It is the latest vandalization of of a Serra monument over the past few years. In 2015 – shortly before Serra was canonized – the Carmel Mission was attacked, leaving several statues toppled to the ground and a headstone vandalized with the painted words ‘Saint of Genocide.’

In 2016, the front door of the Santa Cruz Mission was splashed with red paint. In August of this year, a statue at the San Fernando Mission was painted red, and the word ‘Murder’ was written on it in white.

Santa Barbara police are investigating the latest act of vandalism, working with police departments involved in the other incidents.

The vandalized statue of Serra has been removed from its location on the mission grounds, but Monica Orozco – the mission’s executive director – told local media she did not know if the statue would be repaired or replaced.

Full story at Crux.

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  1. John Patrick says:

    Wonder why, after all the incidents in California, the FBI is not investigating? Isn’t this a hate crime?

  2. The Aztlan Nationalists at it again? Have they ran out of Christopher Columbus statues? They should do this in their own country.

  3. People doing such things, should be placed in jail!!!!!!

    Why isn’t anything being done about it? YES, A HATE CRIME FOR SURE! Oh, I forgot……It’s not a HATE CRIME if it is against Holy Mother Church.

    And where are the Bishops speaking out about what’s going on? Poor St. Serra!!!

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