The June 30 edition, for example, carries an article, "Native American Mass and confirmation called 'historic.'" Go to www.the-tidings.com to see it. Today, July 1, is the feast day of Blessed Padre Junipero Serra (click on this post's title), father of the Alta California missions. So The Blog Fodder -- I mean, The Tidings -- criticizes the missions instead of saluting Padre Serra.
The article is about a Mass on June 24 at Mision San Gabriel that included Confirmation for Carol Ramirez, who took Guadalupe Kateri as her Confirmation name. So far, so good.
But the Mass "seamlessly inculcated [sic] Native American songs, symbols and rituals throughout the liturgy." Also, a photo with the story shows a man lighting "sacred sage" outside the Mision before Mass, and the article portrays a slanted view of history.
The Tidings story says, "[Miss] Ramirez added that the historic liturgy was a way of honoring her ancestors who -- although they built the [M]ission churches -- were not allowed to incorporate their Native American ways into the Catholic Mass."
The story continues, "'Confirmation meant many things to me on that day,' said [Miss] Ramirez. 'I received the Holy Spirit within Catholic Church protocol as well as honoring Native American protocol. Both can see the harmony of these two worlds coming together to honor the Creator.'"
Don't look now, but in Mission days no one anywhere was "allowed to incorporate their...ways into the Catholic Mass." Everyone worshipped at, and loved, the Tridentine Mass in Latin.
Also don't look now, but the nine or 10 generations of descendants since Mission days have been most faithful Catholics overall and most grateful to Padre Serra for bringing Christ to them.
So, congratulations to Miss Ramirez on her Confirmation. But let us tell The Tidings to be fair in the future to the Missions and their faithful flocks and padres.
Let us thank Padre Serra in our prayers for all he has done for souls, and let us also ask him to intercede for our Archdiocese.