Catholic clergy sex crimes lead Twin Cities archdiocese to file for bankruptcy
|Uncuff me! Those kids were asking for it!|
|God sends storm to ruin Pope's Asia trip (AP).|
- Archdiocese bankrupt, sex abuse suits on hold... Archbishop John Nienstedt discussed the Archdiocese's bankruptcy filing during a news conference at Monsignor Hayden Center in St. Paul today. [We're not trying to evade paying out claims for molesting kids. We just want to be more fair in the distribution of money to innocent victims we raped and to their lawyers.]
|When we molest, we need to not get caught.|
|Mission San Antonio de Padua in Monterey County, California has a statue of Father Junipero Serra outside, a Catholic European imperialist who used religion to conquer local Native Americans and forcibly convert them to Christianity (mlhradio/flickr.com).|
The Pope said the canonization -- the formal elevation of a person to sainthood -- will take place in September when he visits the United States. Junipero Serra is a controversial figure, though, for his role in evangelizing the West -- a process that some say began the decimation of the Native American population. For more, Stephen Hackel joined Take Two. He's a Professor of History at UC Riverside and the author of Junípero Serra: California’s Founding Father (see below). More + AUDIO
Fr. Serra beat and coerced the Native Americans the way he would his own children -- which likely included sexual molestation and emotional and physical abuse, like the gruesome documented torture (see below) of Catholic and other Christian missionary who came alongside European military forces that came to invade, occupy, ethnically cleanse, and eventually steal everything in sight claiming "the land was empty" as a legal doctrine. Fr. and future "saint" Serra's goal was to force Native Americans convert to Christianity in general and missionary Roman Catholicism in the vein of Emperor Constantine:
At the head of this effort was Junípero Serra, an ambitious Franciscan who hoped to convert California Indians to Catholicism and turn them into European-style farmers.
For his efforts [in the service of the remnants of the Holy Roman Empire and its incarnation as Roman Catholicism], he has been beatified by the Catholic Church and widely celebrated as the man who laid the foundation for modern California [for occupation and takeover by the European invaders].
|The Holy Roman Catholic Church's priesthood demands tribute, such as the sodomy of its subjects, preferably boys but girls and Natives will also do in a pinch, and we will glorify our mysteries and traditions in "stained" glass for all to see. Face the truth and the lawsuits.|
Steven W. Hackel’s groundbreaking biography, Junípero Serra: California's Founding Father, is the first to remove Serra from the realm of polemic and place him within the currents of history.
He then became an itinerant preacher, gaining a reputation as a mesmerizing orator who could inspire, enthrall, and terrify his audiences at will. With a potent blend of Franciscan piety and worldly cunning, he outmaneuvered Spanish royal officials, rival religious orders, and avaricious settlers to establish himself as a peerless frontier administrator.
In the culminating years of his life, he extended Spanish dominion north, founding and promoting missions in present-day San Diego, Los Angeles, Monterey, and San Francisco.... More
Church's violent SEXUAL abuse of children in North America
CBC News (May 16, 2008/Jan 07, 2014, CBC.ca)
An estimated 150,000 aboriginal, Inuit, and Métis children were forced from their native communities and tortured in residential schools. (Library and Archives Canada/PA-042133).
The abuse of Native Americans and First Nations people in the USA and Canada was not limited to Catholic missionaries; other invading Christians also raped, tortured, and emotionally abused children, such as the Anglicans and United and Presbyterian churches. (Granted the priests and nuns did not limit their abuses to Natives but also molested European children as they were able).
What went wrong?
|Help. It's still happening along the west coast.|
It was believed [by no one in particularly and everyone in general] that native children could be successful if they assimilated into mainstream [French colonized] Canadian society by adopting Christianity and speaking English or French.
Students were "discouraged" from speaking their native languages or practicing their traditions. If they were caught [behaving like First Nations people], they would [be dealt] severe punishment [including but not limited to RAPE by frontier priests and nuns, beatings, kidnapping, forced relocation, isolation, torture, deprivation of culture, and on occasion a brutal death].
|Papa, the priests won't rape us, will they?|
Students at residential schools rarely had opportunities to see examples of normal family life. Most were in school 10 months a year, away from their parents; some stayed all year round. All correspondence from the children was written in English, which many parents could not read. Brothers and sisters at the same school rarely saw each other, as all activities were segregated by gender.
|"No one remembers Armenia" (AH)|
When students returned to the reserve, they often found they didn't belong. They didn't have the skills to help their parents, and became ashamed of their native heritage.
The skills taught at the schools were generally substandard; many found it hard to function in an urban setting. The aims of assimilation meant devastation for those who were subjected to years of abuse. More
Life and [Horrible] Legacy of Padre Serra
|Fr. Ed Benioff, LA Archdiocese at Cathedral|
Inspired by this event, guest host Patt Morrison talks about the life, legacy, and canonization process of Father Junipero Serra, who came to Alta California [upper part of the state above Mexico, which is called Baja California as the whole state was once Mexico until the U.S. military annexed it as their own] in 1769 to establish the [imperial] mission system.
Joining Morrison are Richard Boudreaux, Mexico City Bureau Chief for The LA Times, Richard Carrico, adjunct professor at San Diego State University's Dept. of American Indian Studies and Father Joe Scerbo, a Franciscan friar of the Atonement on the pastoral staff at Mission San Juan Capistrano. More