The Catholic auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Robert Barron, considered Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) “crazy and Outrageous,” when she attacked the statue representing Father Damien of Molokai, who offered his life in defense of lepers.

In a tweet to which he attaches a video, the bishop asks if Ocasio-Cortez has any idea about the life of the person she chose, out of all those in the U.S. Capitol, to attack as a representative of “patriarchy” and “white supremacy.”

Father Damien was a Belgian priest born in 1840 who worked as a missionary in an isolated leper colony in Hawaii during the 19th century.

In this colony, he contracted the disease and cared for the sick until his death nine years later at age 49.

“Damien left as a volunteer knowing full well that he would most likely never return from this ministry and, in fact, never did,” Barron said.

He then addressed the way in which Ocasio-Cortez had classified him.

“What I mean is that to associate this man in any way with colonialism or white supremacy is ridiculous and insulting. And it shows the superficiality and simplistic quality of these kinds of categories,” Barron added.

“Damien of Molokai is revered by people of all races, all walks of life, and all faiths, and belongs to the category of heroes,” Barron concluded.

He then alluded to the attacks suffered by other statues representing prominent figures in the Catholic Church, such as San Junípero Serra, an 18th-century missionary from Mexico whose statue was knocked down by protesters in June.

“It is neither radical nor crazy to understand the influence that white supremacist culture has historically had on our overall culture and how it impacts today,” Ocasio-Cortez later suggested that the Damien statue honored “colonizers” rather than native historical figures from the states, according to Catholic World Report.

The furor against the statues and historical monuments in the United States was sparked by the death of African American George Floyd on May 25, which shone a spotlight on racism in the country, led by the Black Lives Matter movement and members of the leftist antifa movement, described as terrorist.

Ocasio-Cortez spoke out against the monuments that, in her opinion, represent white supremacy and patriarchy, one of the socialist slogans she sponsored.

Across the country, protesters tore down statues of Confederate leaders and figures associated with slavery, as well as statues of Catholic saints, abolitionists, and other figures.