Archbishop performs exorcism at spot the place protesters toppled Serra statue

The archbishop of San Francisco carried out a brief exorcism Saturday outdoors a Catholic church the place protesters had earlier toppled a statue of Father Junipero Serra, saying the ceremony was meant to drive out evil and defend the picture of Serra.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone carried out the ritual earlier than some 150 supporters earlier than holding a particular Mass inside St. Raphael Catholic Church and an anticipated march to a Deliberate Parenthood clinic, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Serra was an 18th-century Spanish missionary priest and the daddy of the California mission system. The Franciscan priest has lengthy been praised by the church for bringing Roman Catholicism to what’s now the western United States, however critics spotlight a darker facet to his legacy. In changing Native People to Catholicism, critics say he compelled them to desert their tradition or face brutal punishment.

Depictions of Serra have been protested and vandalized through the years, and Pope Francis’ determination in 2015 to raise him to sainthood reopened previous wounds. Extra lately, protests specializing in the rights and historic wrestle of Black and Indigenous folks led activists to topple statues of Serra in San Francisco, Sacramento and Los Angeles.

San Rafael police say they arrested 5 folks on vandalism fees for knocking over the statue Monday, leaving simply the toes connected to the bottom. The statue is being repaired and will probably be returned.

Regardless of characterizations in fashionable tradition, the Chronicle stories that exorcism is extra generally a solemn ceremony to evict the satan or evil spirits from an space or individual.

Cordileone stated prayers in Latin, remarking that “the consultants within the subject inform me that Latin tends to be simpler towards the satan as a result of he doesn’t just like the language of the church.”

San Rafael is north of San Francisco, within the county of Marin.

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