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Mission brown

Posted by Smokey Stover on March 20, 2004

In Reply to: Mission brown posted by Digger on March 20, 2004

: : I am presently looking at the origins of colour words and terms. A fairly common paint colour, which has been aroudn for a long time is "mission brown".
: : I assume it derives form the colour of the garb of the early catholic missionaries in America but I can't find any definitve statement anywhere to support this.Any answers??

: Perhaps it has a lot to do with the predisposition of the Catholic Priesthood to indulge in unusual, perverse and abusive sexual relationships with vulnerable people of all ages. Recent disclosures within the Catholic Church in the USA have revealed that over the last 50 years more than 4,000 priests were paedophiles actively engaged in child abuse. Perhaps in previous centuries this activity was even more widespread amongst the priesthood.

I'm not familiar with the paint color "Mission brown," but I'm guessing that the paint brand using it is American, and that the color is a medium brown. The Spanish missions in California were founded by Fray Junipero Serra, a Franciscan priest, who, like all Franciscans, wore a medium-brown habit. If the brown in question is more like a tan, that might derive from the adobe used to build the missions. That's all I know. SS

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