Pope Overlooks Cultural Genocide in Canonizing Junipero Serra
Critics say that Pope Francis, who recently called attention to the 1915 genocide against Armenians by the Ottoman Empire, has a blind spot when it comes to the brutal Spanish conquest of the Americas.
After the announcement that Junipero Serra, founder of California’s missions, would be canonized in September, 2015, Vatican officials argued that Serra was a “man of his time” who had his faults, but who often defended the Indians against the abuses of predatory Spanish Soldiers. California’s native peoples disagree. See May 22, 2015 La Prensa San Diego commentary by Mark Day.