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After AOC Decries Statue, Hawaiian Catholic Says St Damien ‘Gave His Life’ Serving Leper

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by Michie, Aug 1, 2020.

  1. Michie

    Michie Human rights begin in the womb. Supporter

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    St. Damien of Molokai was a religious priest of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary who spent the last 16 years of his life caring for lepers in the Hawaiian Kingdom.


    WASHINGTON — A Hawaiian Catholic catechist said that St. Damien of Molokai is a “hero” to the Hawaiian people, after a prominent congresswoman claimed the statue honoring him in the U.S. Capitol is part of colonialism and “patriarchy and white supremacist culture.”

    St. Damien “gave his life” serving the isolated leper colony at Kalaupapa peninsula on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, said Dallas Carter, a native Hawaiian and a catechist for the diocese of Honolulu, in an interview with CNA.

    “Any Hawaiian here who is aware of their history--which most Hawaiians are--would absolutely, Catholic or not, defend the legacy of Damien as a man who was embraced by the people, and who is a hero to us because of his love for the Hawaiian people,” Carter said.

    “We did not judge him by the color of his skin. We judged him by the love that he had for our people,” Carter told CNA.

    In an Instagram story on Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., asked why there were not more statues honoring women historical figures, at the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall Collection. The collection includes statues honoring historical figures from all 50 states.

    “Even when we select figures to tell the stories of colonized places, it is the colonizers and settlers whose stories are told – and virtually no one else,” Ocasio-Cortez posted, with a picture of Fr. Damien’s U.S. Capitol statue in the background.

    In 1969, Hawaii chose to honor St. Damien alongside Kamehameha I in the National Statuary Hall Collection in the US capitol.

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    After AOC Decries Statue, Hawaiian Catholic Says St Damien ‘Gave His Life’ Serving Leper
     
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  2. Fenwick

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    The more she talks, the more I'm convinced AOC is the incarnation of ignorance and stupidity.
     
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    The problem is that so many take her seriously. She does have some good ideas, but the time isn't right for them.
     
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