A Catholic bishop calls out Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for advocating the removal St. Damian, a statue of St. Damian of Molekai located in the Capital building.
Bishop Robert Barron stated, “Just taking a couple of minutes out of my day here because I felt the need to respond to something I came across that was just so outrageous. It was a tweet or an Instagram or something from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Bishop Barron continues: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was complaining about the presence of a statue in Statuary Hall in the Capitol building that she thought was, you know, a sign of colonialism and white supremacy. And the statue that she picked out of all the possible ones was of Saint Damien of Molokai.”
The Catholic bishop thought it was crazy and outraged, he questioned, “And I wonder, did she have any idea who Damien of Molokai was, this Belgian man who becomes a priest, member of a missionary order.
Damien of Molekai goes, mid 19th century, to Hawaii, works there for several years, and then volunteers to go to the island of Molokai, which the time was a place where lepers were sent. And at the time, they-. You know, there was no treatment. There was no cure. Those who had the disease were simply sent there to spend the rest of their lives and they would die there. Damien went, knowing full well that he would most likely never return from this ministry.”
Firenze Sage: This woman [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] purports to have a college degree and doe’s not recognize one of the most holy men ever.