Tribal Indians condemn pope

Discussion in 'Christianity' started by skip, May 14, 2007.

  1. skip

    skip Founder Administrator

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    The Pope Says Indians were never forced to become Christians. He is attempting to re-write history, just like popes rewrote the bible to suit them.

    From Aljazerra,
    Tribal Indians condemn pope

    A Roman Catholic advocacy group for tribal Indians criticised Pope Benedict's speech [AFP]

    Indian leaders in Brazil have reacted angrily to comments by Pope Benedict that they had been purified by the Roman Catholic church since Columbus landed in the Americas in 1492.

    In a speech to bishops at the end of a visit to Brazil on Sunday, Benedict said indigenous people of the Americas had welcomed European priests after conquest.

    "It's arrogant and disrespectful to consider our cultural heritage secondary to theirs," said Jecinaldo Satere Mawe, chief co-ordinator of Coiab, an Amazon Indian group.

    The pope had said the peoples of the Americas had a "silent longing" for Christianity and welcomed European priests' arrival.

    He said the church had not imposed itself on the indigenous peoples of the Americas.
    Since Colombus's landing, millions of tribal Indians are believed to have died as a result of European colonisation backed by the Roman Catholic church through murder, disease or enslavement.

    "To say the cultural decimation of our people represents a purification is offensive, and frankly, frightening"

    Sandro Tuxa, leader of the movement of northeastern tribes

    Many Indians today struggle for survival, stripped of their traditional ways of life and excluded from society.

    Indian groups sent a letter to Benedict last week asking for support in defending their ancestral lands and culture.

    The letter said the Indians had suffered a "process of genocide" since the first European colonisers had arrived.

    Priests blessed conquistadors as they waged war on tribal Indians.

    'Poorly advised'

    Other tribal leaders also voiced their criticism on Monday.

    Dionito Jose de Souza, a leader of the Makuxi tribe in northern Roraima state, said: "The state used the church to do the dirty work in colonising the Indians but they already asked forgiveness for that ... so is the pope taking back the church's word?"

    Pope John Paul II spoke in 1992 of mistakes in the evangelisation of native peoples of the Americas.

    "We repudiate the [pope's] comments," said Sandro Tuxa, leader of the movement of northeastern tribes.

    "To say the cultural decimation of our people represents a purification is offensive, and frankly, frightening.

    "I think [the pope] has been poorly advised."

    The Roman Catholic church's own Indian advocacy group in Brazil also criticised Benedict's speech.

    Paulo Suess, the advocacy group's adviser, said: "The pope doesn't understand the reality of the Indians here, his statement was wrong and indefensible.
  2. hippie_chick666

    hippie_chick666 Senior Member

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    Peace and love
  3. farmout

    farmout All who wander arent lost Lifetime Supporter

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    Yes, interesting. All conquerors invading foriegn countrys impose their own brand of gov. religion, food.... on & on..
    Including the muslim's that wrote that article to furthur their negative image of christians...
    Religions and patriotism cause more war and hatred.....
  4. Zoomie

    Zoomie My mom is dead, ok?

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    Someone always rewrites history. Catholic church, Nazi Germany, Stalin, Ceaucescu, PolPot, Nixon, Reagan, Bush I and II, etc etc ad nauseum. All the same.

    You know, the happy little tyranny makers.
  5. Boss--Hog

    Boss--Hog Member

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    If it weeren't four the pope the injuns woold steel be livin in teents. It aint a coin-sundance that pope rhaimes with hope. No siree.
  6. Xac

    Xac Visitor

    By that same logic it's easy for me to call the pope a dope.
  7. snake sedrick

    snake sedrick Banned

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    Hollywood too.
  8. snake sedrick

    snake sedrick Banned

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    Wouild you like to see the pope
    on the end of a rope?

    Black Sabbath.

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