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Los Angeles scrubs Catholic Saint Junipero Serra from park where statue was torn down by activists

Los Angeles scrubs Catholic St Junipero Serra statue from Park where it was taken down by activists

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Los Angeles will scrub Junipero Serra’s name from a Los Angeles Park. It is more than a decade since activists destroyed statues of the Catholic priest of 19th century.

Eric Garcetti declared that La Plaza Park, formerly Father Serra Park was to be renamed. He also announced that an “indigenous Cultural Easement” would be made “to grant priority access to the Park for traditional ceremonies by local Indigenous communities.”

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“Los Angeles is a city of belonging that takes responsibility for the mistakes we’ve made in the past,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. Today we are making a move towards providing Angelenos with more cultural sensibility and places for them to share their traditional ceremonies.

The press release said that the city will 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.

Garcetti convened in 2019 a working group on “civic memories” to make recommendations about how the liberal city can “engage” its past. As the group was meeting, left-wing activists took the matter into their hands and tore down Serra’s statue in 2020. A second statue of Serra was vandalized in Sacramento.

Serra was a California missionary who lived between 1713 and 1784. He was canonized in 2015 by Pope Francis.

Serra is praised for bringing Christianity to Western America as well as helping Native Americans become Christians. Pope Francis impliedly denied that Serra had been involved in mistreatment Native Americans by canonizing Serra in Washington D.C., 2015.

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“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, the California Governor, signed legislation last month that allowed the replacement of the Serra statue at another park within the Blue State with a monument to Native American tribes.

FoxNews.com

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