Father Sierra Was elevated to sainthood by the Pope of the Catholic Church in 2015. I like many others, cannot understand the logic in elevating father Sierra to sainthood. When it is a known fact that he committed atrocities on the Native Americans of California. We know how easy it is for the Catholic Church too sweep things under the rug. For many years they did the same thing when it came out that priests were molesting children.. As a people we cannot let this go on any longer. We must bring out this Injustice into the light of day so that all people can see and hopefully feel the sorrow and pain we feel and have been feeling throughout the ages. This one man almost wiped an entire race of people out of history. Knowing the sadistic things that he did in order to baptize “native americans” in the name of the Catholic Church. Some say that I should not poke the Sleeping Bear but I’m sorry I just don’t give a damn anymore, our story must be told and the church must be held accountable for what has been done in the name of the church, their religion. This is just one of father Sierras’ ways of dealing with us as a people. When the women who were raped tried try to abort their babies; they would be beaten and tortured for days. Their heads would be shaved and they would have to stand in front of the altar every Sunday with a wooden, painted baby held in their arms. It is sometimes hard to imagine the pain that my ancestors went through just knowing that in the thousands of deaths 25,000 of those there children. All Father Sierra did was add those numbers to his tally and claim that they had been baptized and their souls were saved. Governor Jerry Brown has all kinds of good things about Father Sierra and that he was a great person and that his statue would never be removed from the shrine in Washington D.C. In the news they talk about removing statues of confederate soldiers, military figures and the flag. Because there are those who don’t feel comfortable seeing them. So, how do you think we,an entire race of people, feel when we have to look at these missions; a constant reminder of what was done to our ancestors. These missions are up and down the entire coast of California. Seeing these and knowing that they helped destroy our way of life,our identity and thousands had to die in order for those missions to be built. So we are expected to just go on and not give any thought to these atrocities, these injustices the mass murdering of our people, the desecration of our lands. I am sorry but I for one cannot and will not, let this happen. I just cannot do this in all good conscience. This man should have never have never been annointed to sainthood and the Pope, in his ultimate wisdom, chose to go against peoples protests, their cries of injustice, the pleadings of the people to not glorify a monster a mass murder to Sainthood, and elevated him to sainthood. Maybe the Pope can tell me just how many people in his eyes does it take a priest to have to kidnap torture, rape, and murder to receive sainthood by the Catholic Church. My ancestors had no concept of what it took be baptized by the Catholic Church. They lost their way of life, they had to kneel for 2 hours a day on a hard Stone floors they had to wear the clothes the priest demanded they wear, they were not allowed to eat there own food, or they speak their own language. The couldn’t practice their beliefs. This is why the missions were considered death camps because once they went in they could never leave, at least not in body. There are eye witness accounts and these were written in journals. Here’s one from a journal; the sounds and smells -it reminded him of a slave camp, people walking around like zombies. Nobody looking you in the eye, and looking like they were half starved to death. This is what you call Christianity? Just think in about a hundred and fifty years Hitler would be doing the same thing in his death camps to the Jewish people and you call this religion. Father Sierra used my people for slave labor, to turn them against each other, to rule over, to control, to steal what was theirs, to remove the humanity and to murder them and you know the interesting thing is; that the death camps the Nazis used, have been turned into shrines, to acknowledge the horrific wrongs that were done to the Jewish and to honor all those who died within those walls. Why is the church not doing the same thing to the missions, where all of our ancestors died in their death camps.

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