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Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2000 06:29:49 -1000 (HST)
Aloha and Greetings,
The Vatican and Pope John Paul II are about to issue a major apology. In a continuing effort to see to the revocation of the 1493 Papal Bull "Inter Caetera," we ask and urge indigenous peoples and supporters to forward the below "Appeal to the Vatican and Pope John Paul II," which has gain considerable support since it was first drafted on the eve of the 3rd annual bulls burning event in Honolulu, Hawai'i. During this year of the Vatican "Jubilee," which seeks "atonement" and "forgiveness" for past wrongs of the Roman Catholic church, the following questions were publicly addressed at the Center for Hawaiian Studies during Native American leader John Trudell's recent Hawai'i appearance:
"The recent rehabilitation of Galileo and papal statement condemning Christian complicity in the Jewish Holocaust warrants a few questions that have remained unanswered for many descendants of those who endured, resisted and survived European dominion for over the past 500 years: What has the Roman Catholic hierarchy had to say about the 60,000,000 to 80,000,000 indigenous inhabitants of the Western hemisphere who had perished by the end of the 16th century? (population count in Stannard, "American Holocaust," 1992); What have they had to say about the probable 100,000,000 native peoples who were 'eliminated' in the course of Europe's ongoing 'civilization' of the Western hemisphere"? (Churchhill, "From a Native Son," 1994); And what TANGIBLE ACTION has the Vatican undertaken to assist the millions of indigenous peoples worldwide who continue to suffer today at the hands of the MONEY GOD?"
The answers to these questions have been touched upon in recent papal statements and in the Pope's New Year's 2000 message for peace when he writes that, "There is no true peace without fairness, truth, justice and solidarity." "Fairness," "truth," "justice" and "solidarity" means OVERTURNING the laws of an inherently corrupt system based on Christian dominion that continues to drain the spirit of ALL PEOPLES. The Vatican has acknowledged, in theory, its respect for and the equality among the many religious traditions of the earth, so WHERE'S THE BEEF??? in order to promote a CULTURE OF PEACE!!! THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY HOPE FOR "TRUE PEACE" UNTIL THIS DECREE IS REPUDIATED.
On Tue, 12 Oct 1999, Tony Castanha wrote:
Aloha y Guatiao,
The following Appeal was formulated at the pre-papal bulls burning gathering held last evening at Kaumakapili Church in Honolulu, Hawai`i. Indigenous peoples and supporters are strongly urged to cut and forward this Appeal to the following Vatican internet sites. Most importantly, please email the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Archbishop Francis X. Van Thuan Nguyen, who may be a crucial link to the Pope. Send message below to: mailto:PcJustPax@JustPeace.va
*Help get the word out by including the following Vatican media sites in your message:
Vatican newspaper - email@example.com
Finally, for the historical record, please cc a copy of your Appeal to:
On this most infamous of days, please get the word out NOW.
October 12, 1999
APPEAL TO THE VATICAN AND POPE JOHN PAUL II,
On November 28, 1998, Pope John Paul II called "Christianity's 2,000th anniversary a year of mercy," as reported by AP, saying "the church will seek forgiveness," "atonement," and that he "wants the church to enter the third millennium with a clear conscience."
We, the undersigned, join with indigenous peoples everywhere in calling upon Pope John Paul II to revoke the 1493 Bull "Inter Caetera." We recognize that this would be a spiritually significant step towards creating a new way of life, and a step away from the greed and subju- gation in a history that has oppressed, exploited and destroyed countless numbers of indigenous peoples throughout the world.
The Bull "Inter Caetera," like many other edicts issued before it by the Vatican, established Christian dominion and subjugation of non-Christian peoples and their lands. It has yet to be revoked. (rev. 10/19/99)