Mexican Indigenous Ask Pope to Apologize for Mass Genocide The Supreme Indigenous Council of Michoacan, Mexico, accused the Catholic Church of being complicit in the killing of over 24 million Indigenous people. Some 30 Indigenous communities of Michoacan, Mexico, have released a statement demanding Pope Francis apologize for the genocide committed with the complicity of the Catholic Church against their people during the Spanish invasion of the Americas in the 16th century. "For over 500 years, the original people of the Americas have been ransacked, robbed, murdered, exploited, discriminated and persecuted,” the Supreme Indigenous Council of Michoacan said in a statement. In 2015, Pope Francis "issued a sweeping apology for crimes of the Church against the indigenous during the conquest of the Americas." — ¡Gabe! Ortíz (@TUSK81) February 6, 2016 #Vatican spokesman says Pope Francis means to give blessing to use of indigenous languages at Catholic masses in Mexico — Joshua McElwee (@joshjmac) February 5, 2016 “Within this framework, the Catholic Church has historically been complicit and allies of those who invaded our land,” they added. Various Purepechas communities from Michoacan demanded that the pope make a public statement apologizing for the church's role in the genocide and ongoing disappearance of the Indigenous people of Mexico. The council also denounced that with weapons and the help of Catholic missionaries, a culture, language, religion and other European values were imposed on the people of Mexico. "The Bible was the ideological weapon of the Conquerors,” they added ahead of the pope's visit to Mexico, which begins Feb. 12. The Spanish intervention and invasion of the Americas represents one of the biggest acts of genocide in history, they said. “The arrival of the Europeans meant the interruption and destruction of various original civilizations, which had their unique ideas and concepts of the world, our own government, writings, languages, education, religion and philosophy,” the statement added. The “European invaders” caused the death of 95 percent of the the total Indigenous population within 130 years after the unfortunate arrival of Christopher Columbus and Hernan Cortes, the council noted. They highlighted that before the Spaniards arrived to the Mexican region, there were about 25.2 million Indigenous people, and that after 1623, less than 700,000 were left. The pope is scheduled to visit Morelia, the capital of Michoacan, Feb. 16. Last year, First Nations people also demanded the pope apologize for the genocide committed by colonization. This content was originally published by teleSUR at the following address: "http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Mexican-Indigenous-Ask-Pope-to-Apologize-for-Massive-Genocide-20160207-0033.html". If you intend to use it, please cite the source and provide a link to the original article. www.teleSURtv.net/english
Nuns Blast Catholic Church’s ‘Doctrine Of Discovery’ That Justified Indigenous OppressionPosted: 09/10/2014 3:46 pm EDT Updated: 09/10/2014 3:59 pm EDT
(RNS) In November, Sister Maureen Fiedler hand-delivered a letter to Pope Francis’ ambassador in Washington, D.C., urging the pontiff to renounce a series of 15th-century church documents that justify the colonization and oppression of indigenous peoples.
She doesn’t know if the letter made it to the Vatican. But she’s hopeful a recent resolution by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will spur the pope to repudiate the centuries-old concept known as the “Doctrine of Discovery.”
“When I learned about it, I was horrified,” said Fiedler. As a member of the Loretto Community, a congregation of religious women and lay people, Fiedler first heard of the doctrine when her order marked its 200th anniversary by challenging “the papal sanctioning of Christian enslavement and power over non-Christians.”
The Doctrine of Discovery is a series of papal bulls, or decrees, that gave Christian explorers the right to lay claim to any land that was not inhabited by Christians and was available to be “discovered.” If its inhabitants could be converted, they might be spared. If not, they could be enslaved or killed.
The doctrine’s modern influence re-emerged recently in the debate about the racism and exploitation of Native American sports mascots, Fiedler said. It has justified efforts to eliminate indigenous languages, practices and worldviews, and it affects Native American sovereignty and treaty obligations… Read More.
Source: Huffington Post, “Nuns Blast Catholic Church’s ‘Doctrine Of Discovery’ That Justified Indigenous Oppression.“
Native Traditions in the Americas Group, American Academy of Religion.
Michelene Pesantubbee, University of Iowa
Michael Zogry, University of Kansas
co-Chairs, Native Traditions in the Americas Group
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We invite individual paper and group proposals on any aspect of Native traditions in the Americas (North, Central, and South). We especially encourage proposals in the following areas (topics not listed in order of importance):
•Native religious traditions or issues in Central or South America or in the Southwestern United States, including those in the San Diego area, either a) during any era, or b) for a possible cosponsored session with the Religion in Latin America and the Caribbean Group, specifically Mesoamerican and Indigenous Latin American religion and ritual in the precolonial and early colonial periods
•Native religious traditions in the Americas and peacemaking (for a possible cosponsored session with the Religions, Social Conflict, and Peace Group)
•Native traditional knowledge and the environment, including climate change (for a possible cosponsored session with the Religion and Ecology Group)
•Religious significance of or issues concerning oceans, waterways and watersheds
•Native religious traditions and architecture, including traditional homes
•Native religious traditions and gender roles
•Indigenous concepts of power
This Group sees its mission as the promotion of the study of Native American religious traditions and thereby the enrichment of the academic study of religion generally, by engaging in discourse about culturally-centered theories and encouraging multiple dialogues at the margins of Western and non-Western cultures and scholarship. The Group is committed to fostering dialogue involving Native and non-Native voices in the study of North, Central, and South American Native religious traditions and to engaging religious studies scholarship in robust conversation with scholarship on other facets of Native cultures and societies.
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