On September 23, 2015, Native American representatives comprised of descendants from each of the nine original missions founded by St. Junípero Serra, met with Pope Francis in Washington, D.C. Taking place after the canonization Mass honoring Serra, the meeting was organized to help promote continued healing and reconciliation with the Native American communities. Inside a corridor in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the representatives and a guest were each able to meet with the Pope briefly, exchange a few words and present him with a gift.
The Most Rev. Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento and president of the California Catholic Conference, today announced an ambitious 18-month program to review and revise the cultural content and displays at the California missions under Church authority and to undertake a similar effort to review the Third and Fourth Grade curriculum in Catholic schools to better reflect modern understandings of the Mission Era and the relationship between Spanish civil authority, the Catholic Missions and local Indian tribes.
BY JAIME SOTO
Special to The Sacramento Bee
Lots of media attention continues to be given to the videos of Planned Parenthood staff members speaking about the disposition of aborted fetal tissue. Some people have questioned the undercover tactics used to capture the candid conversations.
This criticism, however, fails to acknowledge the deception employed by the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League in using an advocate posing as a woman looking for help at crisis pregnancy centers.
Teachers and parents who discuss Native Americans, past and present, need to be aware of their language. Our American vocabulary is full of stereotypes of Indians – we may not even be aware of using many of them, and erroneous images and prejudicial biases are implanted in non-Indian children.
Partly as a result of this backlog of unthinking language, Indian children may have a tough time in and out of the classroom. We can help by being aware of our own use of stereotypes – and by avoiding those words.
Welcome California 4th Graders!
You are about to embark on an adventure to California’s past. As you learned in 3rd grade, California was home to many indigenous people before the arrival of the Spanish. Now in 4th grade you were probably assigned a mission and are going to start your research. This year you will learn about how the missions changed California. Here are some sites that hopefully will help you with your project. Good luck and have fun!
“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
― Elie Wiesel
“Welcome back everyone! We are starting the Spring Semester with a service challenge. This isn’t for the squeamish… you may have to lift heavy things, travel far distances, and your True Religion jeans might get dirty.”
A flood of bills hit the California Legislature as the deadline for submission of new legislation arrived last week. Lawmakers will now start hearings on more than 2,400 bills introduced in the first year of its two-year session.
Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II will be canonized on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, marking a historic moment for the Catholic Church and our times.
If you’ve ever hit 'Send' and immediately regretted it, the words of Pope Francis for World Communications Day carry some sage advice.