Our Appeal to Pope Francis:
The Doctrine of Discovery, issued as the Inter Caetera Papal Bull of May 4th, 1493, continues to adversely and insidiously influence policy decisions directed towards indigenous peoples across North and South America.
This doctrine, created centuries ago, still acts as the spiritual endorsement for the dehumanization and slaughter of indigenous people, and the justification for imperialist economic ventures. It now permeates western ideologies and justifies unspeakable crimes that would otherwise have no moral or legal basis.
For these reasons, we respectfully ask you, Pope Francis, to revoke and rescind the Inter Caetera of 1493, which vested moral and spiritual authority in the colonial envoys and captains to brutally and violently conquer Native lands. The only method by which to reconcile these soul wrenching crimes and to affirm that the indigenous people, the poorest of the poor, are human beings is to officially revoke this doctrine.