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WCC disowns doctrine used against Indigenous Peoples PDF Print E-mail

The statement was issued in a World Council of Churches' February meeting in Bossey, Switzerland, urging to repudiate this doctrine, which has permitted the enslavement of Indigenous Peoples in the name of Christianity. The World Council of Churches is one of the partners supported by the Interdenominational Cooperation Fund.

 

The origin of the doctrine goes back to the papal bulls issued by Pope Nicholas V in 1452 and 1455 respectively, allowing the invasion and killing of the Indigenous Peoples.

 

These historical church documents titled Dum Diversas and Romanus Pontifex called for non-Christian people to be captured, vanquished and to have their possessions and property seized by the Christian monarchs.

 

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