One legislator from California wants to replace the statute of Fr. Junipero with one of Sally Ride.
Msgr. Weber [an 82-year-old Archivist Emeritus of the Archival Center at the San Fernando Mission in Mission Hills, Calif.] worried that an agenda was at work in the criticisms leveled at Serra.
“The Native Americans, I think, are being utilized by these people who have a rather warped view of what evangelization is all about,” he said. “I’m convinced that the questions about Junipero Serra are really not about Serra himself, who simply epitomized Catholic evangelization. I’m convinced that this is an attack on all of Catholic evangelization throughout the world.”