Romero Institute calls for Pope to recognize Church’s mistreatment of Indigenous people

In the wake of Pope Francis’ historic and welcomed release of Laudato Si’, the Romero Institute, like many spiritually progressive organizations throughout the world, is grateful, inspired and eager to spread the message.

The Pope’s beautiful and stirring call for all mankind to faithfully tend to the wonders of creation is imperative in this day and time. “Rather than a problem to be solved, the world is a joyful mystery to be contemplated with gladness and praise,” stated Pope Francis in his recently released Encyclical. He went on to say, “Regrettably, any efforts to seek concrete solutions to the environmental crisis have proved ineffective…We require a new universal solidarity.”

In addition to the general need to address the growing problem of climate change, the Romero Institute, which has sponsored the Lakota People’s Law Project for the past decade, knows that it is the indigenous people that have the most to lose if drastic global measures are not taken to reverse this trend.

As such, Native peoples are on the front lines of worldwide protests, with tribes across North America stridently opposing various policies, including, most notably, the Keystone XL pipeline–it is the native lands that are continually being despoiled by the European colonial culture that is more interested in short-term profits than long-term stewardship.

Therefore, the Romero Institute is pleased to announce a new campaign aimed at advocating for Pope Francis to revoke the Doctrine of Discovery, a Papal Bull issued by Pope Alexander VI in 1493 that provided European countries with the moral and legal rationale to steal lands and resources from the Native populations in North and South America.

Please help us with this important campaign by signing the petition.

Also please read our press release.

Please consider becoming a member of Lakota People’s Law Project and Romero Institute so we can continue our vital work in fostering the renewal of Indigenous people in South Dakota, the rest of the United States and throughout the world.

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