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Catholic Bishop Shreds AOC for Attacking Christian Statues: 'Crazy and Outrageous'

Democrat blasted monuments for exhibiting 'patriarchy' and 'white supremacist culture'

 on 3rd August 2020 @ 5.00pm
bishop robert barron blasted aoc as  crazy  for attacking christian statues © press
Bishop Robert Barron blasted AOC as 'crazy' for attacking Christian statues

A top Catholic bishop has slammed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) for her recent attacks on Christian statues, blasting the celebrity Democrat as "crazy and outrageous."

The Roman Catholic auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles shredded AOC on Friday over her allegations that a Catholic saint’s statue in the Capitol exhibits “patriarchy” and “white supremacist culture.”

“Just taking a couple minutes out of my day here because I felt the need to respond to something I came across that was just so outrageous,” Bishop Robert Barron said in response to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter.

“It was a tweet, or an Instagram or something from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and she was complaining about the presence of a statue in Statuary Hall in the Capitol building that she thought was a sign of colonialism and white supremacy," Barron continued.

"The statue that she picked out, of all the possible ones, was of St. Damien of Molokai," he added.

"And I thought it was so crazy and outrageous, and I wondered, did she have any idea who St. Damien of Molokai was?”

aoc blasted the statue of st  damien of molokai that stands in the capitol © press
AOC blasted the statue of St. Damien of Molokai that stands in the Capitol

Barron went on to explain how St. Damien of Molokai, a Belgian priest who was born Jozef De Veusterin in 1840, achieved international fame for his missionary work to an isolated leper colony in the Kingdom of Hawaii during the 19th century.

For more than a decade, he ministered to the outcasts until he eventually contracted and succumbed to the disease himself in 1889 when he was 49 years old.

He has since become the patron saint of lepers and outcasts, and the day he died is still commemorated in Hawaii on April 15.

The Catholic Church under Pope Benedict XVI canonized him in 2009.

“Damien went knowing full-well that he would most likely never return from this ministry and, in fact, he never did,” Barron continued.

“Damien came to the island and right away gave himself utterly to the people.

"Ministering to them, yes, preaching to them, but also caring for them in the most direct way.

"Touching them at a time when even those who were there sometimes wouldn’t touch those who were suffering from the disease. He would.”

“Damien of Molokai is reverenced by the people of Hawaii – he was in his own lifetime, and then after his death, he’s been reverenced as a saint by the people of Hawaii,” said Barron.

“My point is, to associate this man in any way with colonialism or white supremacy is so ridiculous and insulting.

"And it shows the superficiality and the simplistic quality of these sort of woke categories.”

 i wondered  did  aoc  have any idea who st  damien of molokai was   bishop robert barron said © press
'I wondered, did [AOC] have any idea who St. Damien of Molokai was?' Bishop Robert Barron said

Barron concluded by lamenting the rise of attacks against Catholic saints such as St. Damien and St. Junipero Serra, an 18th-century missionary to Mexico and present-day California whose statue was toppled by protesters in June.

“What is it with this attack on Catholic saints?” he asked.

Ocasio-Cortez made headlines for a Thursday Instagram post in which she complained about the lack of diversity among the statues in the Capitol.

She singled out St. Damien’s as an example of “what patriarchy and white supremacist culture looks like,” though she later claimed her Instagram video was taken out of context.

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