The archbishop of San Francisco done an exorcism wherever dozens of protesters had toppled the statue of a controversial saint.
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone sprinkled holy water and said prayers in Latin Saturday at the web-site of the fallen statue of Father Junipero Serra, the 18th-century father of the California mission system accused of brutality against Indigenous Individuals, in accordance to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“This sacred web site has been desecrated, so we know there is evil here,” Cordileone claimed ahead of the ritual exterior St. Raphael Catholic Church in downtown San Rafael, according to the report.
“Be absent, Satan, inventor and master of all fallacy, enemy of the salvation of men. Put oneself in advance of Jesus Christ,” the archbishop reportedly commanded through the 10-minute ritual.
He was viewed by about 150 men and women — largely anti-abortionists who later on marched to a Planned Parenthood clinic, the paper said.
A program supplied a translation of the Latin, with the prayers referring to Satan and his followers as a “cursed dragon and all diabolical legions” and calling for his “proud head” to be “crushed,” the paper claimed.
He applied Latin because it “tends to be a lot more powerful versus the devil due to the fact he does not like the language of the church,” he claimed.
San Rafael law enforcement claimed that additional than 40 protesters assisted vandalize the statue with crimson paint prior to it was pulled down as section of nationwide protests on Columbus Day, now generally also identified as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Five men and women had been arrested and charged with felony vandalism about the statue, which is getting repaired.
Serra, an 18th-century Spanish missionary priest, is praised for bringing Roman Catholicism to the western US — but also accused of brutality towards Indigenous Individuals who refused to convert.
All those conflicting views have been exacerbated when Pope Francis elevated Serra to sainthood in 2015.
As very well as driving out Satan at the protest website, Cordileone reported Saturday’s ritual was to protect the graphic of Serra.
The saint established the missions “not to dominate and annihilate” but to expose indigenous Californians to the teachings of Catholicism “and help save them from domination and annihilation,” the archbishop claimed.