Pope to make a Priest who Genocided Indians into a SAINT..Sept in Washington

Juníper SerraJuníper Serra, who invented ‘mission’ camps of abuse, torture and mass murder of Natives… Now to be declared a SAINT by the Pope in Washington D.C.

Pope Defends ‘Missionary’ Who Brutally Converted Indigenous People To Christianity

Pope Francis on Saturday praised the zeal of an 18th-century Franciscan missionary he will make a saint when he visits the United States this fall but whom Native Americans say brutally converted indigenous people to Christianity.

Francis praised Junípero Serra during a homily at a Rome seminary training future priests from North America. The pope will proclaim the Spaniard a saint during a Washington, D.C., ceremony Sept. 23.

Native Americans have protested in California, saying the friar should be criticized for what they contend was his role in wiping out native populations in a campaign to impose Catholicism. They contend he enslaved converts and that missionaries like him helped spread diseases like smallpox which decimated their people.

Francis described Serra as part of a missionary corps who “went out to all the geographical, social and existential peripheries” to spread the Gospel.  “Such zeal excites us,” Francis said…..

Serra, who died in 1784, “ushered in a new springtime of evangelization in those immense territories, extending from Florida to California,” Francis said. The Vatican sees Serra as a role model for the growing U.S. Hispanic Catholic population.

13/10/2013 Anti Beatifications protesters lie down in solidarity with thousands of anti fascists massacred with Church connivance

Spanish demo against beatifications of Fascist priests who handed tens of thousands to the death squads. 2013.

The soon-to-be saint also helped defend “indigenous people against abuses by the colonizers,” Francis contended.

Without wading into specific criticisms of Serra, Francis said of these missionaries: “Sometimes we stop and thoughtfully examine their strengths and, above all, their weaknesses and shortcomings.”

Native Americans are outraged that Serra is becoming a saint, blaming him and other missionaries for nearly eradicating their culture.

“No Indians pray to Serra here,” said Ron Andrade, a member of the La Jolla Indian Reservation and director of the Los Angeles City and County Native American Indian Commission.

When Spanish missionaries moved up the coast in their quest for new souls, “we moved inland, we moved away from the churches,” Andrade said in a phone interview about Francis’ honoring Serra. “(Serra knew) by destroying the culture and the lifestyle (of Native Americans), they would die.”

The missionary work was done to “acquire land and souls, whether they were alive or dead,” Andrade said. He also lamented that the pope “didn’t sent out his bishops to ask if there was anything to be ashamed of” about Serra.

The american holocaust, promoted by Juníper Serra

Mass-genocide-of-the-Native-Americans-by-the-Spanish

In Francis’ homily, the church’s first Latin American pope expressed awe for the likes of Serra, saying “I wonder if today we are able to respond with the same generosity and courage” in leaving comfortable lives to proclaim God to those who haven’t “experienced the embrace of his mercy.”

Before celebrating Mass at the seminary with Francis, Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl dismissed concerns that canonizing Serra could be a divisive act offending Native Americans.

“The message of the Holy Father is reconciliation,” Wuerl said.

Native Americans, including inter-tribal council members in California, have been lobbying for the removal of a statue of Serra from the U.S. Capitol.

May 3, 2015, from , with thanks


Junípero Serra fundó el sistema de campos de trabajo que agilizó el genocidio cultural de California. Las misiones españolas fueron verdaderos campos de exterminación. Junípero Serra era un adepto del Catolicismo que sigue bien vivo hasta hoy día, alcanzando su mayor nivel de locura en los masacres del fascismo bajo el Franco, el robo de decenas de miles de bebés….. etc

Junípero Serra founded the labor camp system that streamlined the cultural genocide of California. The Spanish missions were true extermination camps. Junipero Serra was a fan of fanatical Catholicism that is still very much alive to this day, reaching its highest level of madness in the massacres of fascism under Franco, stealing tens of thousands of babies ..etc


Juniper Serra, genocidal priest who abused his power over conquered Indians, trappìng them in ''Missions'' which even the Spanish Governor said were worse than slave camps
Juniper Serra, genocidal priest,  abuser of his power over conquered Indians, trappìng them in ”Missions” which even the Spanish Governor said were worse than slave camps.

Native Americans, including inter-tribal council members in California, have been lobbying for the removal of a statue of Serra from the U.S. Capitol.

 


we reprint George Monbiot’s 2013 eye-opener on Serra, with a Spanish translation below.

Double Erasure

November 18, 2013

A shocking case of denial highlights the problem that Catholics – and Pope Francis – have with history.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian, 19th November 2013

He’s a pin-up for liberals and progressives, “the obvious new hero of the left.” So says the Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland of Pope Francis(1), and it’s true that most of the surprises have been good ones.

His statements denouncing capitalism are of the kind that scarcely any party leader now dares to breathe(2,3). He appears to have renounced papal infallibility. He intends to reform the corrupt and scheming curia(4). He has declared a partial truce in the war against sex which his two immediate predecessors pursued (while carefully overlooking the rape of children) with such creepy fervour.

On July 11, Pope Francis formally and publicly incited criminal behaviour among all Roman Catholics by prohibiting the reporting of child abuse within his church, and threatening excommunication against those who speak about such abuse.
On July 11, Pope Francis formally and publicly incited criminal behaviour among all Roman Catholics by prohibiting the reporting of child abuse within his church, and threatening excommunication against those who speak about such abuse.

 It’s worth noting that these are mostly changes of emphasis, not doctrine. Pope Francis won’t devote his reign to attacking gays, women, condoms and abortion, but nor does he seem prepared to change church policy towards them. But it’s not just this that spoils the story. There is a strange omission, which puts the Pope on the wrong side even of John Paul II(5). It’s his failure so far to engage with or even acknowledge the past horrors over which the Church has presided.

From the destruction of the Cathars to the Magdalene laundries, the Catholic Church has experimented with almost every kind of extermination, genocide, torture, mutilation, execution, enslavement, cruelty and abuse known to humankind. It has also, at certain moments and places across the past century, been an extraordinary force for good: the bravest people I have met are all Catholic priests, who – until they were also crushed and silenced by the Church – risked their lives to defend vulnerable people from exploitation and murder(6).

It’s not just that he has said nothing about this legacy; he has eschewed the most obvious opportunities to speak out. The beatification in October of 522 Catholics killed by republican soldiers during the Spanish civil war, for example, provided a perfect opportunity to acknowledge the role the Church played in Franco’s revolution  and subsequent dictatorship(7). But though he spoke at the ceremony, by video link, he did so as if the killings took place in a political vacuum. The refusal in July by the four religious orders which enslaved women in Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries to pay them compensation cried out for a papal response(8). None came. How can the Pope get a grip on the future if he won’t acknowledge the past?

Nowhere is the Church’s denial better exemplified than in its drive to canonise the Franciscan missionary Junípero Serra, whose 300th anniversary falls on Sunday. Serra’s cult epitomises the Catholic problem with history – as well as the lies that underpin the founding myths of the United States.

You can find his statue on Capitol Hill, his face on postage stamps, his name plastered across schools and streets and trails all over California. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II, after a nun was apparently cured of lupus, and now awaits a second miracle to become a saint(9). So what’s the problem? Oh, just that he founded the system of labour camps that expedited California’s cultural genocide.1377562_597230290336078_1805955590_n

Junípero Serra personified the glitter-eyed fanaticism that blinded Catholic missionaries to the horrors they inflicted on the native peoples of the Americas. Working first in Mexico, then in Baja California (now part of Mexico), then Alta California (now the US state), he presided over a system of astonishing brutality.

Through various bribes and ruses, Native Americans were enticed to join the missions he founded. Once they had joined, they were forbidden to leave. If they tried to escape, they were rounded up by soldiers then whipped by the missionaries. Any disobedience was punished by the stocks or the lash.

They were, according to a written complaint, forced to work in the fields from sunrise until after dark, and fed just a fraction of what was required to sustain them(10). Weakened by overwork and hunger, packed together with little more space than slave ships provided(11), they died, mostly of European diseases, in their tens of thousands.

Serra’s missions were an essential instrument of Spanish and then American colonisation. This is why so many Californian cities have saints’ names: they were founded as missions. But in his treatment of the indigenous people, he went beyond even the grim demands of the Crown. Felipe de Neve, a governor of the Californias, expressed his horror of Serra’s methods, complaining that the fate of the missionised people was “worse than that of slaves.”(12) As Steven Hackel documents in his new biography, Serra sabotaged Neve’s attempts to permit the Native Americans a measure of self-governance, which threatened his dominion over their lives.

California were reduced by the missions to desperate peonage. Between 1769, when Serra arrived in Alta California and 1821, when Spanish rule ended, the Native American population there fell by one third, to 200,000(13).

Junípero Serra’s claim to sainthood can be sustained only by erasing the native peoples of California a second time, and there is a noisy lobby with this purpose. Serra’s hagiographies explain how he mortified his own flesh; they tell us nothing about how he mortified other people’s(14).

In reviewing Hackel’s biography a fortnight ago, the Catholic professor Christopher O. Blum extolled Serra for his “endless labor of building civilization in the wilderness”(15). He contrasted the missionary to “the Enlightened Spanish colonial officials who wanted … to leave the Indians to their immoral stew”. “The Indians there not only went around naked much of the year – with the predictable consequence of rampant promiscuity – but they were divided into villages of 250 or fewer inhabitants … ready-made for the brutal petty tyrant or the manipulative witch doctor”. The centuries of racism, cruelty and disrespect required to justify the assaults of the Church have not yet come to an end.

I would love to see the Pope use the tercentenary on Sunday to announce that he will not canonize Serra, however many miracles his ghost might perform, and will start to engage with some uncomfortable histories. Then, perhaps, as Jonathan urges, I’ll put a poster of Francis on my wall. But not in the bedroom.

http://www.monbiot.com


spanish version of George Monbiot’s great article

Borrados dos veces
18 de noviembre 2013
Un caso impactante de negación del evidente resalta el problema  que los católicos – y el Papa Francisco – tienen con la historia.

Por George Monbiot , publicado en The Guardian , 19 de noviembre 2013. Traducción por Google y The Free

Es un pin-up para los liberales y los progresistas “, el nuevo héroe evidente de la izquierda. ” Así dice Jonathan Freedland en The Guardian del Papa Francisco ( 1 ) , y es verdad que la mayor parte de las sorpresas han sido buenas.

Sus declaraciones denunciando el capitalismo son del tipo que casi ningún dirigente de un partido ahora se atreve a respirar (2,3). Él parece haber renunciado a la infalibilidad papal. Tiene la intención de reformar la curia corrupta e intrigante ( 4 ) . Él ha declarado una tregua parcial en la guerra contra el sexo que sus dos predecesores inmediatos perseguidos ( mientras que evita cuidadosamente la vista de la violación de niños ) con tal fervor espeluznante .

Vale la pena señalar que estos son en su mayoría cambios de énfasis , no de la doctrina . Papa Francisco no dedicará su reinado a atacar a los homosexuales, las mujeres, los preservativos y el aborto, pero ni él parece dispuesto a cambiar la política de la iglesia hacia ellos. Pero no es sólo esto lo que echa a perder la historia. Hay una extraña omisión , que pone el Papa en el lado equivocado , incluso de Juan Pablo II ( 5 ) . Es su fracaso hasta el momento de comprometerse con o incluso reconocer los últimos horrores sobre los que la Iglesia ha presidido .

Desde la destrucción de los Cátaros a las Lavanderías de la Magdalena , la Iglesia Católica ha experimentado con casi todo tipo de exterminio y genocidio, la tortura , la mutilación , la ejecución , la esclavitud, la crueldad y el abuso que conoce la humanidad . También hay que decir que en determinados momentos y lugares en todo el siglo pasado, ha sido una fuerza extraordinaria para el bien : las personas más valientes que he conocido son todos sacerdotes católicos, que – hasta que ellos también fueron aplastados y silenciados por la Iglesia – arriesgaron sus vidas para defender las personas vulnerables a la explotación y el asesinato ( 6 ​​) .

Juniper Serra, abuse, turturte and mass murder... and to be a SAINTNo es sólo que él no ha dicho nada acerca de este legado , sino que ha dejado de lado las oportunidades más obvias de hablar. La beatificación en octubre de 522 católicos asesinados por soldados republicanos durante la guerra civil española , por ejemplo, proporciona una oportunidad perfecta para reconocer el papel que la Iglesia desempeñó en la revolución de Franco y la posterior dictadura ( 7 ) . Pero a pesar de que habló en la ceremonia , por videoconferencia , lo hizo como si los asesinatos tuvieron lugar en un vacío político.

La negativa en julio por las cuatro órdenes religiosas que esclavizaban las mujeres en Irlanda en las Lavanderías de la Magdalena a pagarles una indemnización pedía a gritos una respuesta papal ( 8 ) . Ninguno llegó. ¿Cómo puede el Papa construir  el futuro si no puede reconocer el pasado ?

En ninguna parte es la negación de la Iglesia mejor ejemplificada que en su campaña para canonizar al misionero franciscano Junípero Serra, cuyo aniversario número 300 cae el domingo . El culto de Serra personifica el problema católica con la historia -, así como las mentiras que apuntalan los mitos fundadores de los Estados Unidos.

Usted puede encontrar su estatua en el Capitolio , su cara en los sellos postales , su nombre estampada en las escuelas y en las calles y rutas de todo California . Fue beatificado por el Papa Juan Pablo II, después de que una monja estaba aparentemente curado de lupus, y ahora espera un segundo milagro para llegar a ser santo ( 9 ) .

Entonces, ¿cuál es el problema? Ah , sólo que él fundó el sistema de campos de trabajo que agilizó el genocidio cultural de California.

Junípero Serra personificaba el fanatismo  de ojos brillantes que cegó a los misioneros católicos a los horrores que infligieron a los pueblos originarios de las Américas. Trabajar por primera vez en México , luego en Baja California (ahora parte de México ) , a continuación, la Alta California (ahora el estado de los EE.UU. ) , presidió un sistema de asombrosa brutalidad. A través de diversos sobornos y artimañas , los nativos americanos fueron atraídos a unirse a las misiones fundadas por él . Una vez que se habían unido , se les prohibió salir. Si trataban de escapar, fueron rodeados por soldados entonces azotado por los misioneros. Cualquier desobediencia era castigada por el pilón o el látigo .

Eran , según una queja por escrito , obligados a trabajar en el campo desde el amanecer hasta el anochecer , y se alimentan sólo una fracción de lo que se necesitaba para su sustento ( 10 ) . Debilitado por el exceso de trabajo y el hambre, embaladas en común con poco más de espacio que los barcos de esclavos previstos ( 11 ) , murieron , la mayoría de las enfermedades europeas , por decenas de miles.pope-condoms-abstinence-stupidity

Las Misiones de Serra eran un instrumento esencial de la colonización española y americana. Por eso tantas ciudades de California tienen nombres de santos : se fundaron las misiones . Pero en su tratamiento de los pueblos indígenas , se fue más allá incluso de las exigencias severas de la Corona. Felipe de Neve , gobernador de las Californias , expresó su horror de los métodos de Serra , quejándose de que el destino de las personas llevados a los misiones era “peor que la de los esclavos . ” ( 12 ) Steven Hackel ha documentado en su nueva biografía como Serra saboteó los intentos de Neve para permitir los nativos americanos una medida de auto-gobierno , porque amenazaba su dominio sobre sus vidas.

Las diversas , sofisticadas y autónomas pueblos de California se redujeron en las misiones en el peonaje desesperada . Entre 1769, cuando Serra llegó a la Alta California y 1821 , cuando se puso fin a la dominación española , la población indígena se redujo en un tercio , a 200.000 ( 13 ) .

La afirmación de Junípero Serra a la santidad sólo puede sostenerse con el borrado de los pueblos originarios de California por segunda vez , y hay una campaña de presión ruidoso con este propósito. Hagiografías de Serra explican cómo mortificó su propia carne, no nos dicen nada acerca de cómo se sintió mortificando otras personas ( 14 ) .

Al revisar la biografía de Hackel hace quince días, el profesor católico Christopher O. Blum ensalzó Serra por su ” trabajo sin fin por la edificación de la civilización  en el desierto” ( 15 ) . Comparó el misionero a ” los funcionarios coloniales españoles ilustrados que querían … dejar a los indios a su guiso inmoral” . “Los indios no sólo fueron por ahí desnuda la mayor parte del año – con la consecuencia predecible de la promiscuidad desenfrenada – pero ellos se dividieron en localidades de 250 habitantes o menos … ya preparadas para el pequeño tirano brutal o el médico brujo manipuladora ” .

Los siglos de racismo , la crueldad y la falta de respeto requerido para justificar los ataques de la Iglesia aún no han llegado a su fin .

Me encantaría ver al Papa utilice el tricentenario el domingo 24 Nov 2013 para anunciar que no va a canonizar Serra , a pesar del numero de milagros su fantasma puede realizar , y empiece a reconocer algunas historias incómodas. Entonces , tal vez, como Jonathan insta , voy a poner un cartel de Francisco en mi pared. Pero no en el dormitorio.

http://www.monbiot.comfray-junípero

References:

1. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/15/atheists-pope-francis-obama-liberal-voice-change

2. Eg: “The worship of the golden calf of old has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly humane goal.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/the-pope/10061700/Pope-Francis-urges-global-leaders-to-end-tyranny-of-money.html

3. Or his tweet of 15th September: “Seeking happiness in material things is a sure way of being unhappy.”

4. http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2013/10/04/pope-and-cardinals-to-completely-overhaul-the-curia-says-spokesman/

5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_apologies_made_by_Pope_John_Paul_II

6. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/mar/19/war-on-pope-francis-modern-inquisition

7. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/13/vatican-beatifies-martyrs-killed-spanish-civil-war-pope

8. http://www.rte.ie/news/2013/0717/462915-magdalene/

9. I phoned the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints last week to confirm this.

10. Agustín Pérez de la Cruz and Lorenzo de la Cruz, with the assistance of Raphael Mariano de Lima, cited by Steven W. Hackel, 2013. Junípero Serra: California’s founding father. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Kindle Edition.

11. David E Stannard, 1992. American Holocaust. Oxford University Press.

12. Cited by Steven W. Hackel, 2013. Junípero Serra: California’s founding father. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Kindle Edition.

13. http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/people/s_z/serra.htm

14. http://www.bobandpennylord.com/Bl_Junipero_Serra.htm

15. http://www.crisismagazine.com/2013/holiness-in-photographic-negative

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