Del Monte Beach cross will rise again in a new location.
Monday, March 1, 2010
The City of Monterey announced Monday March 1 that it has a solution to the controversy over the Del Monte Beach cross which was cut down by vandals last fall.
Bishop Richard Garcia of the Catholic Diocese of Monterey has offered the cross a home at the San Carlos cemetery overlooking the Monterey Bay, and city officials hope its placement on private property will put to rest threats of litigation over issues of church state separation
The American Civil Liberties Union had objected to replacing the cross on public land because representatives believed that such a large stand-alone symbol of Christianity violated free exercise of religion. Indeed, the ACLU had received a complaint about the cross, and had been talking with the city about replacing it with a more secular display.
It was originally placed on Del Monte Beach in 1969 to commemorate the first expedition by Spanish explorers to the Monterey Bay 200 years before.