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California’s Apology for its Treatment of Native Peoples

California’s Apology for its Treatment of Native Peoples

California Governor Gavin Newsom has issued an apology for his state’s historic treatment of native peoples. Because one in eight Americans is a Californian by birth or residence, this is a significant act. Despite having spent twenty-four of the last twenty-nine years in New York, I still consider myself a Californian. I grew up not far from the Mission San Buenaventura. We traveled almost daily along the route followed by Father Serra as he began his march to establish California’s…

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“Our Hemisphere”: On That Pro-Columbus Editorial in the WSJ.

“Our Hemisphere”: On That Pro-Columbus Editorial in the WSJ.

Last week the Wall Street Journal ran a troubling editorial by Alejandro Bermudez, the executive director of ACI Prensa, a Spanish-language Catholic news service. Under the headline “Catholics Against Columbus,” Bermudez expressed his concerns about the decision made by leaders at Notre Dame University to cover a dozen murals that covered parts of the life of Christopher Columbus. Bermudez quoted Father John Jenkins, Notre Dame’s President, who argued that “the murals’ depiction of Columbus as beneficient explorer and friend of…

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