SAN DIEGO, California, July 27, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A lawsuit is challenging the San Diego Unified School District’s decision to rename Junipero Serra High School. The school district had voted to remove Serra’s name from the institution, claiming the eighteenth-century saint and missionary to California was racist, persecuting the natives and forcing them to relinquish their culture and beliefs.
In turn, San Diego residents argued the school district was engaging in “cancel culture,” discriminating against Catholicism and ignoring the citizens who wanted Serra’s name to remain.
Serra founded nine missions in California, including the San Diego mission, which still stands today. Pope Francis canonized Serra in 2015 in Washington, D.C., making him the first saint to be canonized on American soil.
With the help of the Thomas More Society, lawfirm LiMandri& Jonna LLP brought the lawsuit against the San Diego Unified School District, noting that religion and religious figures are protected by the Constitution.
According to the San Diego Tribune, attorney Paul Jonna said that members of the school district have “pandered to a false and historically inaccurate narrative and have demonstrated an unconstitutional animus towards this Catholic saint.”
Jonna said the school district violated state and federal laws by convening in secret over the internet to vote on changing the school’s name. “The key legal issues here are the blatant violations of the Brown Act, which requires public notice of a vote to be taken, as well as violations of the California and Federal Due Process and Establishment Clauses.”
Attorney Charles LiMandri said, “This is another example of the ‘cancel culture’ mentality that radical leftist people in education are trying to force on an unwilling American public. Father Serra was a great defender of the indigenous people of California, and he deserves our best efforts to defend his legacy.”
Junipero Serra had been described as racist last summer amid Black Lives Matter protests and riots throughout California.
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said at the time, “St. Serra made heroic sacrifices to protect the indigenous people of California from their Spanish conquerors, especially the soldiers. Even with his infirmed leg which caused him such pain, he walked all the way to Mexico City to obtain special faculties of governance from the Viceroy of Spain in order to discipline the military who were abusing the Indians. And then he walked back to California.”
LifeSiteNews will hand-deliver this petition to the Holy See, recording the moment traditional Catholics from around the world stood up for the Traditional Latin Mass.
Pope Francis has issued a new decree, "Traditiones Custodes," severely restricting the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM).
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition with other Catholics, and ask the Pope to reconsider this new and divisive Motu Proprio.
Pope Francis' decree clamps down hard on the TLM. In it, he effectively does away with Pope Benedict's protection of it, handing bishops in every diocese the right to suppress it, while demanding new priests get permission from their bishop and the Vatican to offer the Mass of the Ages.
As Catholics who value Tradition and know the place of the Magisterium in safeguarding the Deposit of Faith, it is time to speak up and have our voices heard.
Francis has decried rigidity and intolerance for years, but now is showing intolerance and rigidity himself by forcing his very narrow understanding of liturgy on one of the true sources of good fruit in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church.
Our Lord said that "a bad tree cannot bear good fruit", and yet we see more and more souls drawn to Christ through the TLM, with marriages dedicated to God and open to many children, and vocations also abounding in traditional seminaries, orders and priestly societies.
Indeed, the Traditional Latin Mass has been a source of unity for the Catholic Church for more than 1500 years, producing great saints, repentant sinners, and souls won for Christ across the world. *Read below how Benedict XVI decried attacks against the TLM and its adherents.
To attempt to restrict the Traditional Latin Mass, as a new generation are rediscovering the treasures of God's Church, will inevitably cause further division and hurt among the faithful, risking the loss of some souls who will regretfully turn away.
Souls are now at stake with this Motu Proprio, as some will drift away from the Deposit of Faith in disillusionment, while others that are far from God will never be touched by the profound beauty and reverence found in the Traditional Latin Mass.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition to Pope Francis, urging him to reconsider his decision, not least for the good of souls and the glory of God, and making sure as many cardinals support the TLM as possible.
Click "Show Petition Text" on the right to read the letter to Pope Francis.
Finally, please pray, fast and do penance for the salvation of souls, including that of our shepherds, during this turbulent time in Church history.
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'BREAKING: Pope Francis abrogates Pope Benedict’s universal permission for Old Mass' - www.lifesitenews.com/news/pope-francis-abrogates-pope-benedicts-universal-permission-for-old-mass
'ANALYSIS: Pope restricts ‘divisive’ Traditional Latin Mass, says 52-yr-old Novus Ordo is ‘unique expression’ of Church’s liturgy' - www.lifesitenews.com/news/analysis-pope-restricts-divisive-traditional-latin-mass-says-52-yr-old-novus-ordo-is-unique-expression-of-churchs-liturgy
* Pope Benedict XVI (Spirit of the Liturgy, 2000):
"For fostering a true consciousness in liturgical matters, it is also important that the proscription against the form of liturgy in valid use up to 1970 [the older Latin Mass] should be lifted. Anyone who nowadays advocates the continuing existence of this liturgy or takes part in it is treated like a leper; all tolerance ends here. There has never been anything like this in history; in doing this we are despising and proscribing the Church’s whole past. How can one trust her at present if things are that way?"
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Nevertheless, several statues of the saint were vandalized.
Junipero Serra “was the embodiment of ‘a Church which goes forth,’ a Church which sets out to bring everywhere the reconciling tenderness of God,” Pope Francis said when he canonized him. The pontiff has also called the saint “one of the founding fathers of the United States, a saintly example of the Church’s universality and special patron of the Hispanic people of the country.”