Did Pope Francis hint at rationale behind sainthood for Junipero Serra?

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Statue of Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Spanish priest and founder of the California Missions, taken May 17, 2015 in a garden at the Mission San Jose in Fremont, Calif. Religion News Service photo by Adelle M. Banks

Statue of Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Spanish priest and founder of the California Missions, taken May 17, 2015 in a garden at the Mission San Jose in Fremont, Calif. Religion News Service photo by Adelle M. Banks

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Are Americans ready for a nuanced view of the Spanish missionary's history in California -- and his sanctity -- when Pope Francis arrives in the U.S. with the canonization of Serra on his agenda? The pontiff's remarks in Bolivia this week may provide an advance look at his rationale

  • Rick

    David, I think you make some valid points about sanctity, which we can all aspire to, and perfection, which we cannot. Saints, in this life, were sinners. The Serra statue, however, is not in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. It is in Statuary Hall, the former chambers of the House of Representatives just to the south of the rotunda.

  • David Gibson

    Doh! Rick, thanks for that. making change now. Dumb, I’d noted that in an earlier story. Too much news …

  • Elledra

    Dave, thank you very much for laying out some of the problems of nuance and ambiguity here–along with the reminder that, as a whole, we Americans don’t do nuance very well. It’s helping me think through some issues regarding other saints as well (Thomas More in particular).

  • Christian Clifford

    One of the most insightful articles I have read on this topic. Reader – for more on the both/and approach to Serra, visit http://www.SaintSerraBook.com.