Tekakwitha is now a Catholic saint
Kateri Tekakwitha is now a saint in the Catholic church. With this story, I’m torn between wanting to give the Mohawks their due, and wanting to ignore what the Vatican mob does, but local and worldwide media are giving Tekakwitha plenty of space this weekend (La Presse even giving us Tekakwitha by the numbers).
The New York Times looks glancingly at some mixed feelings about Tekakwitha. Let’s not lose touch with what’s known about her: the woman died at 24 after years of mortifying her own flesh. Today we’d see her as having a serious psychological issue, although the Catholic church encouraged that sort of thing at the time (and to some extent still does). Like Brother André’s, maybe this canonization will be good for local tourism, but it isn’t good for much else.