4.6 C
New York
Sunday, April 14, 2024

Vatican rejects ‘Doctrine of Discovery’ Used By World Powers To Justify Colonialism


Share post:

On Thursday, the Vatican responded to the demands of its congregation and officially rejected the “doctrine of discovery,” a theory advanced by “papal bulls” from the 15th century.

A Vatican statement said the papal ordinances or decrees “do not adequately reflect the equal dignity and rights of indigenous peoples” and had never been considered an expression of the Catholic faith.

The statement by the Vatican’s development and education authorities represents a historic acknowledgment of the Vatican’s colonial-era complicity with European monarchies and was welcomed by indigenous leaders.

Vatican rejects 'Doctrine of Discovery' Used By World Powers To Justify Colonialism

However, he continued to shrug off any actual Vatican guilt, saying the papal documents had been “manipulated” by the colonial authorities for political ends “to justify immoral actions against indigenous peoples, sometimes carried out without opposition from church authorities.”

Also, read; Ghana warns public against using cedi notes as gift hampers

It is right, the statement said, to “acknowledge these mistakes,” to acknowledge the horrific impact of colonial-era assimilation policies on indigenous peoples, and to seek their forgiveness.

The manifesto was a response to decades of native demands for the Vatican to officially abolish papal bulls that had given religious support to the Portuguese and Spanish kingdoms to expand their territories in Africa and the Americas to spread Christianity.

These ordinances support the “Discovery Doctrine,” a legal concept formulated in a US Supreme Court decision in 1823, which is now understood to mean that ownership and sovereignty over the country passed to Europeans because they “discovered” it.

Last cited as a 2005 Supreme Court decision on the Oneida Indian Nation authored by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Vatican rejects 'Doctrine of Discovery' Used By World Powers To Justify Colonialism

During Pope Francis’ 2022 visit to Canada, where he apologized to Indigenous peoples for a residential school system that forcibly removed Indigenous children from their homes, he was met with calls for papal bulls to be officially dismissed.

Two Aboriginal women unfurled a banner at the altar of the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre National Shrine on July 29 that read: “Abolish the Doctrine” in bright red and black letters.

The protesters were led away and the service continued without incident, although the women later took the banner outside the church and hung it on the railing.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Related articles

South Africa Vows to Arrest Any of Its Citizens Fighting in Israel’s Defense

In a bold move that underscores South Africa's solidarity with Palestine, Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor announced that South...

Africans Are ‘Special Case’ in Opposing LGBT Blessings, Pope Francis Says

In a recent interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa, Pope Francis addressed the controversy surrounding his approval of...

UK Lawmakers Pass Bill to Send Migrants to Rwanda Despite Outrage

In a divisive move, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak successfully navigated a parliamentary vote with 320-276 in favor,...

Palestinians Applaud South Africa’s Move to Bring ‘Genocide’ Case Against Israel to UN Court

In a show of solidarity, Palestinians gathered waving flags and holding signs, thanking South Africa for pursuing a...