The Pope Digs Colonization

The Pope thinks the natives of the Americas were “silently longing” for their own conquest. Via Amanda of Pandagon:

From Tapped, it appears that the Pope is making it very clear that the Church under his watch will be honoring the ugliest elements of its history.

In a speech to Latin American and Caribbean bishops at the end of a visit to Brazil, the Pope said the Church had not imposed itself on the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

They had welcomed the arrival of European priests at the time of the conquest as they were “silently longing” for Christianity, he said.

Silently longing for that lovely choice: “Bible or sword sir? Very good, a wise choice sir…”. Colonization was simply a delectable period in history when indigenous peoples threw themselves at the feet of European settlers hoping for religion and/or violence. Getting your hands thoroughly pierced was very much in vogue:

Columbus also imposed a tribute system similar to that of the Aztec on the mainland. The natives in Cicao on Haiti all those above 14 years of age were required to find a certain quota of gold, to be signified by a token placed around their necks. Those who failed to reach their quota would have their hands chopped off.

You see, everyone secretly wants to be Christian, regardless of what they say:

Yep, the Pope said that people’s mouths might be saying “no” to forced conversion, but their eyes were saying “yes”. Thank god for the white man to show those brown people the way.

Plus they dressed culturally slutty.

Thankfully the Pope’s words  are not being greeted with roses (Reuters):

Pope Benedict not only upset many Indians but also Catholic priests who have joined their struggle, said Sandro Tuxa, who heads the movement of northeastern tribes.

“We repudiate the Pope’s comments,” Tuxa said. “To say the cultural decimation of our people represents a purification is offensive, and frankly, frightening.

Very frightening.  To gloss over the deaths and suffering of millions and frame one religion forcing itself on a people as being in any way desirable only extends suffering and cast a dark pallor over those who continue to die for their beliefs today.  It reveals a single-mindedness that really doesn’t consider earthly loss as important as perceived heavenly gain.  That ignorant view of human value lead directly to many deaths at the hands of the Church.

Even the Catholic Church’s own Indian advocacy group in Brazil, known as Cimi, distanced itself from the Pope.

“The Pope doesn’t understand the reality of the Indians here, his statement was wrong and indefensible,” Cimi advisor Father Paulo Suess told Reuters. “I too was upset.”

The Pope has disgraced his own religious tradition and the nobility and love that has come out of it.  Members of the Church who have agitated on behalf of the poor and the weak, who have stood up for peace and religious freedom.  Christians are killed for their beliefs in this day and age, and to endorse the blood of the conquests for the mind share of conversion insults their memory.  The Catholics standing up to the Pope’s statements honors the memory of Catholics past who have stood for what is right in this world.

Conversion by the sword is never anything other than tyranny.  It is to be condemned with all one’s might.

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4 Responses

  1. I don’t know which is worse, Ignorance or Arrogance, but I do know that the makes the deadliest of combinations. As a Catholic I don’t like this Pope one bit.

  2. Benny ran the campaign against liberation theology and was head of the dpt. previously known as the inquisition, good on Cimi for standing up to the old nazi!

  3. Pope RatNAZI is a ghoul.

  4. While I am sorry for those who are, rightfully, offended by the pope’s ignorant and hateful words, I am also heartened to see the continually declining support for such vileness. The religious right is imploding, and speeches like this one are the reason.

    Pope = RatNAZI = Amen

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