Note: this is an updated version of an earlier post written at the time of Serra’s canonization.
Catholics and non-Catholics alike seem to be interested in whether Junipero Serra should be declared a saint. In the previous post I gave an outline of the long process that Junipero Serra — or any other would-be saint — must undergo in order to be officially recognized by the Catholic Church. Given the controversy surrounding Serra’s case, some have asked why bother declaring him a saint? Can’t everyone agree to disagree without raising him up as an example to a billion Catholics? Was it an ill-considered or rush decision by successor of the fisherman?