Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Pope criticizes “superiority mindset of Spanish, Portuguese and French” in colonization of Americas

Pope Francis criticized the “superiority mentality” with which indigenous peoples were treated in the colonization of the Americas during the press conference. On the plane back from my six-day trip to Canadawhere he traveled mainly to apologize to the native people of the country.

Responding to a journalist of indigenous origins about the superiority behavior of the settlers over the native peoples in the colonization of the Americas, Described by the Pope as “evil and unjust” What he called the “theory of colonialism”, but he warned that there are ideological colonies today “who have only one plan and underestimate whatever is in their way”.

Pope: “In the colonization of the English, Spanish, Portuguese and French in America, there was “the mentality that we are superior”

He criticized that in the colonization of the Americas “not only were indigenous people considered inferior”, but that “some paranoid theologians even wondered if they had a soul”. He insisted that, although some people “spoke” in defense of the indigenous, such as Bartolome de las Casas or Pedro Clavala“These were the minority” and insisted that even though “human consciousness is slowly beginning to realize human equality”, remnants of this mindset still remain.

In his opinion, the “colonization of the English, Spanish, Portuguese and French” of the Americas had “the mentality that we are superior and these indigenous peoples do not count” and that it is “serious.”

colonialism is alive

“We have to go back now to clean up what has been done wrong, but be aware that the same colonialism still exists” and exemplified Rohingya minority in Burma“where they are not considered citizens”.

The pope stressed that today “the colonial practice of reducing certain cultures to us” continues, something that “comes from our highly developed lifestyles and which sometimes causes us to lose their values, such as that, for example, indigenous peoples have the value of harmony with creation”.

and then what a compliment Indigenous call it “living well”. who said, “It’s not what we understand by having a good time or a ‘Dolce Vita’.

“Genocide” in Canadian residential schools

When asked why he didn’t describe what happened to residential schools in Canada as “genocide”? Nearly 150,000 Indigenous children were placed under house arrest As for the processes of cultural assimilation, Francisco assured that “that word did not come to his mind” but he agreed that it was a genocide.

“I have not used the word because it did not come to my mind, but I have described the genocide and I have apologized and apologized for the deed, which was genocide. I have condemned it: Remove children, change culture, mind, traditions, change one caste and entire culture, It was genocide,” he said.

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