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Times finds ‘complex emotions’ surround Blessed Kateri’s canonization

Catholic World News - July 25, 2012

A New York Times article on Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha’s upcoming canonization focuses on the “complex emotions” that surround it.

The Times finds that the reaction is “complex, particularly among American Indians. Some are proud, because Kateri was a Mohawk. Some doubt the truthfulness of her story as told by the church. Some hope the canonization will ease tensions between Catholic and traditional American Indians. And some are euphoric that the Church is about to name its first American Indian saint, even if they wish it had happened sooner.”

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jul. 26, 2012 6:22 PM ET USA

    “Complex emotions,” unfortunately, usually are associated with hidden evils; such as the evil of prejudice, the evil of alienation, the evil of neglect... I had the occasion to go to the blessed woman’s tomb near Montreal... a block of marble inside a missionary Church encasing the saint’s relics... However, much to my surprise, the surrounding Native American population (tribal land) was not much enthused. There is still much healing to be done.

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