Saints aren’t perfect

Surprise! Jerry Brown says he'll prevent legislators from replacing Junipero Serra’s statue in U.S. Capitol

The following comes from a July 21 Breitbart article by William Bigelow: This week, Gov. Jerry Brown, who was once a Jesuit seminarian, asserted that he will block California legislators from attempting to replace the statue of Father Junípero Serra in the National Statuary Hall Collection on Capitol Hill with a statue of astronaut Sally Ride. Brown told the Catholic News … [Read more...]

Guess who’s got Junipero Serra’s back?

Pope Francis: missionary was “a founding father of the United States”

The following comes from a May 2 LA Times article by Harriet Ryan: Pope Francis weighed in on a thorny topic in California history Saturday when he spoke at length at a Rome Mass about Father Junipero Serra, the controversial California mission founder set to become America's first Latino saint later this year. Addressing an audience that included many American priests, … [Read more...]

Let’s break it down

How much did Sally Ride contribute to California history?

The following comes from an April 26 Catholic Exchange article by Karl Keating of Catholic Answers: Saturday’s lead editorial in our local newspaper, the San Diego Union-Tribune, was titled “Who Should Represent California: Father Serra or Sally Ride?” It was Junipero Serra (1713–1784) who planted the first California mission, here in San Diego, in 1769. That marked the … [Read more...]

Bishop McElroy stands up for Junipero Serra

Will Jerry Brown listen to him?

The following comes from an April 20 Catholic News Agency article: San Diego-- Bishop Robert McElroy, the new head of the San Diego diocese, has criticized a proposal to remove the statue of pioneering California missionary and soon-to-be saint Father Junipero Serra from the U.S. Capitol. Bishop McElroy told journalists on Wednesday that Fr. Serra is a “foundational … [Read more...]

An insult to millions of California Catholics

Senate barely approves Sally Ride statue

Previous CalCatholic articles on the proposal to replace statue of Father Junipero Serra with Sally Ride: Father Junipero Serra: A convenient target? She just happens to be gay Just because you're holy doesn't mean you're popular   The following comes from an April 14 U-T San Diego article by Chris Nichols: The California Senate approved a proposal to … [Read more...]