The archbishop of San Francisco performed an exorcism where dozens of protesters had toppled the statue of a controversial saint.
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone sprinkled holy water and said prayers in Latin Saturday at the site of the fallen statue of Father Junipero Serra, the 18th-century father of the California mission system accused of brutality against Native Americans, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“This sacred site has been desecrated, so we know there is evil here,” Cordileone said before the ritual outside St. Raphael Catholic Church in downtown San Rafael, according to the report.
“Be gone, Satan, inventor and master of all fallacy, enemy of the salvation of men. Place yourself before Jesus Christ,” the archbishop reportedly commanded during the 10-minute ritual.
He was watched by about 150 people — mostly anti-abortionists who later marched to a Planned Parenthood clinic, the paper said.
A program provided a translation of the Latin, with the prayers referring to Satan and his