(RNS) — As the battle over Confederate monuments suggest, one person’s saint is another person’s sinner.
And over the weekend that controversy reached beyond the South to California, where a statue of a Catholic saint, Rev. Junipero Serra, was vandalized in Los Angeles.
Images appeared on social media showing the word “murder” smeared in white paint on a statue of the 18th-century Franciscan priest who led the Catholic Church’s missionary efforts among Native Americans on the West Coast.
Traces of red paint and a swastika were also found on the statue, which sits in a park across from Mission San Fernando