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 place a statue of the late astronaut Sally Ride inside the U.S. Capitol on Monday, building momentum for a plan that would lead to the eventual removal of a statue of Rev. Junipero Serra.

State senators voted 22 to 10 to approve the exchange, which also needs sign-offs from the Assembly and Gov. Jerry Brown.

In speeches on the Senate floor, Republican and Democratic lawmakers said they struggled with the prospect of removing Serra’s statue from the National Statuary Hall, home to prominent Americans from each state, given Serra’s instrumental role in establishing early California. In the end, the proposal received just one more vote than needed, with many Republicans voting “no.”