Los Angeles is scrubbing the name of Junipero Serra, a Roman Catholic saint and missionary, from a downtown Los Angeles park, more than a year after activists vandalized statues of the 19th century priest.
Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that La Plaza Park, known as Father Serra Park [next to Union Station in downtown L.A.], will be renamed and that an “indigenous cultural easement” would be created “to give local indigenous communities priority access to the park for practice of traditional ceremonies.”
“Los Angeles is a city of belonging that takes responsibility for the mistakes we’ve made in the past,” Garcetti said in a statement. “Our indigenous brothers and sisters deserve justice and today we take a step toward delivering both greater cultural sensitivity and spaces for Angelenos to gather and perform their traditional ceremonies.”
The city plans to remove Saint Junipero Serra’s name from a portion of the park and will be referred to as La Plaza Park until a new name is adopted, the statement said.
Garcetti had convened a “civic memory” working group in 2019 to give recommendations as to how the liberal city could “engage” with its past. But as the group was working, left-wing activists took matters into their own hands and ripped down the statue of Serra in 2020. Another statue of Serra in Sacramento was vandalized.
Serra, who lived from 1713 to 1784 and was canonized by Pope Francis in 2015, is seen as the father of the California missionary effort.
Serra is heralded as bringing Christianity to Western America and assisting in the conversion of many Native Americans. Canonizing Serra at a mass in Washington, D.C., in 2015, Pope Francis implicitly rejected claims that Serra was involved in the mistreatment of Native Americans.
“He learned how to bring to birth and nurture God’s life in the faces of everyone he met; he made them his brothers and sisters,” he said. “Junípero sought to defend the dignity of the native community, to protect it from those who had mistreated and abused it.”
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law last month that allows the statue of Serra at another park in the blue state to be replaced with a monument honoring Native American tribes.
The above comes from an Oct. 15 story on Fox News.
Poor Eric. Someday people will demand that he be forgotten because he was so intollerant.
Something straight out of the Screwtape Letters…the depth and breadth of the irony and contradiction of the actions of these important California people is only surpassed by their breathtaking ignorance and blindness to it.
They’re just dogs on leashes….horrifying, really.
Does he realize what the name of the city means?
Getting ready to run for “higher” office?
His term ends next year and our Brother Joe has nominated him for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of India.
He did study international affairs and then ethnicity and nationalism at the London School of Economics. Can he help fix the chip and supply chain problems?
And, maybe he could take refreshers in American and California histories, before he does more damage.
It’s all about replacing the Cross with paganism. Completely diabolical. The Day of Wrath is approaching.
If you want a good laugh (really, a cry) do some reading on the LA county official seal. Probably the most expensive official seal in history. The deconstructors obviously haven’t figured out that the City of LA seal has a 7-decade rosary for its boundary.
Dare them to take that away…illegal immigrants are a lot of things, but they are devoted to the Rosary.
Thank God that Eric and Gavin can’t reproduce and will pass on to well deserved obscurity. In time and with the grace of God, we’ll all forget what they did to ruin California for the rest of us.
Next, the name of the city, Los Angeles, will bother the devils who run this city. That city name may come to be changed somehow.
he studied at the London School of Economics
started by Fabian Socialists
shoulda stayed in london
Nietzsche sez “God is Dead”
God sez: “Nietzche’s Dead”
I can see a George Floyd statue going up instead.