An Anecdote

Every so often we hear of a Native American group who opposes the canonization of Fr Junipero Serra because he influenced the California natives by Christianizing them, or some liberal who says that one culture was destroyed when Catholicism was introduced, or a descendant of the Aztecs who states that when the priests burned their codex's the Mexican culture was irrevocably damaged. I am specifically amused when the Native American non-PC reference Indian is used; (once upon a time it was savage.*)

Here is a little anecdote from Christine at Laudem Gloriae which puts this all into a different perspective...

...The story is told of an agnostic professor who visited the Fiji Islands. The professor remarked to an elderly chief, “You are a great leader, but it is a pity you have been victimized by those Christian missionaries. No one believes the Bible anymore. People are tired of the story of Christ dying on cross for the sins of mankind. We know better now. I am sorry you were manipulated to accept their story.”

The old chief looked at the professor and answered, “See that great rock over there? On it we smashed the heads of our victims. Notice the furnace next to it? In that oven we used to roast the bodies of our victims. If it hadn't been for the love of those missionaries and the message of Christ they brought, you would be our supper...”

More on the Mallorca connexion to The Missions in California here...

Blessed Junipero pray for us.

Savage (or Savauge) was the way that Europeans regaded anyone they felt was less civilized than they. It did not necessarily have negative connotations, any more than a mother would have saying her Children were "wild indians".

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