Pope Francis: Colonization of the Americas Was ‘Genocide’ against Native Americans

Pope Francis: Colonization of the Americas Was' Genocide' against Native Americans

Pope Francis told reporters on Friday that the colonization of the Americas by the British, French, Spanish, and Portuguese constituted “genocide.”

A journalist told the Pontiff that the indigenous people who heard his apology “lamented the fact that the term genocide was not used.”

The journalist pressed the Pope to know whether he would use that term and “acknowledge that members of the Church participated in this genocide.”

Francis hastened to insist that he did not intentionally eschew the word “genocide” in the historical abuse of indigenous Canadians.

“Yes, it’s a technical word — genocide — but I didn’t use it because it didn’t come to mind, but I described,” the Pope said.

“It is true, yes, yes, it was genocide.”

“You can all be calm [about this]. You can say that I said that it was genocide,” he replied.

The Pope then noted that regarding the colonization of the Americas by “the British, the French, the Spanish, the Portuguese, there has been a mentality of ‘we are superior, and these indigenous people don’t matter,’ and that is serious.”

Francis added that the problem of all colonialism is that whoever doesn’t enter its path is considered inferior.

“But I want to expand on this. They were considered not only inferior: some somewhat crazy theologian even wondered whether they had a soul,” the Pope said.

“It is true that there were voices that spoke out, like Bartolomeo de las Casas, for example or Pedro Claver, but they were the minority,” he added.

“The consciousness of human equality came slowly.”

“And I say consciousness, because in the unconscious, there is still something.”

“We have — allow me to say it — a somewhat colonialist attitude of reducing their culture to ours. It is something that comes to us from the developed way of life, our own, because of which we sometimes lose values that they have.”

The Pope suggested that this can stem from an accelerated material development in the first world that loses sight of deeper values.

“I’m not speaking against development; development is good. But it is not good with the anxiety of development, development, development,” he said.

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Mad Celt
Mad Celt
12 days ago

Prime example of a mind gone to pot.

D3F1ANT
D3F1ANT
12 days ago

Wow…interesting considering the Inquisition, alone, took 32K victims. Innocent victims.

Francis
Francis
12 days ago

And the Inquisition was cold blooded murder and the killing was the Templars was conspiracy to commit murder and murder and robbery- so there is that mr pretend pope who is really against Jesus.

Alej Marcos
Alej Marcos
12 days ago

Puck the Fope.

Nabi Rasch
Nabi Rasch
12 days ago

If it was ‘genocide’ apparently the European invaders weren’t very good at it.

RonDon
RonDon
12 days ago

What S. Remember Genghis Khan, Atilla the Hun, Napoleon, The Romans, Saxons, Vikings, etc.! We have All been ‘victimized’ for MILENIA. It was just their turn. Note: Re Genocide, … they are still here.

Don't Worry About It
Don't Worry About It
12 days ago

Good thing nobody cares what a kiddie-loving creep like this miscreant thinks anyway. I’ll make sure to still not give a rat’s behind on his opinion. You’ll get farther in the world that way. At least you’ll maybe grow up and be a man. Nothing like this dope of a pope. What a loser!

Last edited 12 days ago by Don't Worry About It
Doyle
Doyle
12 days ago

So godless heathens trump Christian peoples, sounds about right for a Marxist. Judging the past using current realities is a fools errand of the witless.

Plato
Plato
12 days ago

Hey Pope,
Golf
Foxtrot
Yankee

Do something about your pedo file glass house before talking about people who are better then you!

gilbert
gilbert
Reply to  Plato
9 days ago

Moreover if the EUropeans had not colonized America there would have been no Bible in America, and that means that all Indians who have perished for ever in hell. Europeans brought the Bible to America, and although most of them were not Christians (especially Catholics) they brought the name of Jesus whereby the natives could be saved.

Butch
11 days ago

What did the Native Americans do to the Clovis People? A little genocide maybe?

trainman6
9 days ago

In history there was more genocide done by the Catholic church than any other religion other than Islam.

nng
nng
Reply to  trainman6
9 days ago

Amen! They worship a different Jesus than the true born-again church of God. Michael Voris from the Church Militant, if you know who he is look up his video on YouTube called, “The Vortex-The “Protty” Jesus”. In it he admits it with vitriol! I hope all watch it and have their eyes opened because finally the truth comes out! The Roman Catholic Church is NOT Christian at all. They hate protestants who are Bible believing Christians. Voris even mocks the Bible calling it ‘a book’! Hopefully they here will allow the link I have provited. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYxmo7Dpi0M

nng
nng
9 days ago

Oh my what a liar he is. Did not the popes send Columbus to do this very thing? Force them to bow to the Roman Catholic Church and convert or die??? YES

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