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Many have condemned decision to elevate 18th-century missionary to sainthood after violence suffered by Native Americans he was said to be protecting.

Generations of American schoolchildren have been taught to think of Father Junípero Serra as California’s benevolent founding father, a humble Franciscan monk who left a life of comfort and plenty on the island of Mallorca to travel to the farthest reaches of the New World and protect the natives from the worst abuses of the Spanish imperial army.

Under Serra’s leadership, tens of thousands of Native Americans across Alta California, as the region was then known, were absorbed into Catholic missions – places said by one particularly rapturous myth-maker in the 19th century to be filled with “song, laughter, good food, beautiful languor, and mystical adoration of the Christ”.

What this rosy-eyed view omits is that these natives were brutalized – beaten, pressed into forced labour and infected with diseases to which they had no resistance – and the attempt to integrate them into the empire was a miserable failure. The journalist and historian Carey McWilliams wrote almost 70 years ago the missions could be better conceived as “a series of picturesque charnel houses”.

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  1. Pope keeping it real. This is all Catholicism is about, a Bible based ethnostate with a perpetual monetized brown and black pigmented underclass.

  2. +ThoughtsCameraAction : Please since you do such an amazing job at creating mini-Documentaries why don't you do a video on the original Aborigines Native American Indians meaning the first Indains (Black). Look up Chief Warhorse she's one of the Original Black Native American Indians.

  3. the devil loves to reward his own for their evil-doing. Always been the same with the roman catholic church all over the world where they have enslaved, raped and murdered.

  4. Yeah they won't denounce the Papal Bull's they are international law, nor would they annual them cause they're have to return the land and the interest from the land and all the resources they stole, whole kingdoms gotta come down and the big corporations all of them exploiting us, the best up part is they have plenty of time to repent (change their ways), but instead they make excuses for the evils, that's why God won't have any pity on that

  5. It dont matter which church. They are the same Christianity and Catholic. Ask yourselves this, the church of England is a Christian church who do you think they answer to and who is the head of these churchs? Well, go to Rome and you will find out that its actually a Catholic.

  6. We need to get rid of him everywhere. He is not a hero and it is a lie to promote him as so. I'm doing what I can to inform people and hopefully we make this important change and stop the lie.

  7. Glad I came across this I homeschool through a public charter and 4th grade is the year you learn about this I was looking for the truth about the mission system to teach my son so thanks TCA 👏🏾 It is always so fun when my children have to meet with their teacher and they can explain what really went on in history the look on their face is priceless.

  8. And a Man sat alone, drenched deep in sadness. And all the animals drew near to him and said, "We do not like to see you so sad. Ask us for whatever you wish and you shall have it." The Man said, "I want to have good sight." The vulture replied, "You shall have mine." The Man said, "I want to be strong." The jaguar said, "You shall be strong like me." Then the Man said, "I long to know the secrets of the earth." The serpent replied, "I will show them to you." And so it went with all the animals. And when the Man had all the gifts that they could give, he left. Then the owl said to the other animals, "Now the Man knows much, he'll be able to do many things. Suddenly I am afraid." The deer said, "The Man has all that he needs. Now his sadness will stop." But the owl replied, "No. I saw a hole in the Man, deep like a hunger he will never fill. It is what makes him sad and what makes him want. He will go on taking and taking, until one day the World will say, 'I am no more and I have nothing left to give.

    The Story Teller


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