Progress: St. Junipero Serra statue, removed by “activists,” stands tall again

Monday was the feast day of St. Junípero Serra, the 18th-century Spanish Franciscan priest who brought Catholicism to California. Amid a national debate and sometimes violent reckoning on race and racism in 2020, Serra was singled out by California leftists as a symbol of colonialism and oppression, and a statue of him was removed from in front of Ventura’s city hall. Now the 9-foot-tall, 3,000-pound bronze statue of the saint stands proudly at the Mission Basilica of San Buenaventura.