Many Cultures, One Church

Posted by Stephen J. Binz on Jul 3, 2018 5:00:00 AM

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From our perspective today, we can see that the early missionaries of California were often too immersed in their own European culture to clearly see the richness of the culture they were entering. Unfortunately, evangelization was at times insufficiently distinguished from colonization, and, for this reason, many Native Americans blame the Church for the loss of their own culture and identity. To be global Christians today, we have to learn to see that the Good News of Jesus Christ lives in a multitude of cultural contexts, realizing that human messengers are never free from the cultural influences of their upbringing or the sociocultural attitudes of their day. But the lessons of the past oblige us to be humble in examining the beliefs and customs of others in order to bring Jesus Christ to a culture different from our own.

–from Saint Junipero Serra's Camino: A Pilgrimage Guide to the California  Missions

Saint Junipero Serra's Camino

 

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