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New York bishop says Pope should repudiate Church support for colonization

July 02, 2021

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CWN Editor's Note: Bishop Douglas Lucia of Syracuse, New York, is asking Pope Francis to repudiate papal documents that supported European countries seeking to colonize other nations. He argues that papal bulls supporting the “Doctrine of Discovery” provided justification for “both political and personal violence against indigenous peoples.” Bishop Lucia called for “a public acknowledgment from the Holy Father of the harm these bulls have done to the indigenous population.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jul. 05, 2021 10:53 AM ET USA

    The diatribe of self hatred by a new generation of Catholic/Protestant/secular/ad nauseam anti-Catholic revisionism is getting old and tiring. The historical record includes papal recognition of the full humanity of indigenous peoples and slaves, and directives to free them, extending at least as far back as the 9th century (e.g., "Unum Est", DH 678), but most definitively from the 15th century forward (e.g., "Sicut Dudum" (1435); "Pastorale Officium", DH 1495; "Bulla Cum Sicuti" (1591), etc.).