Junipero Serra: Canonizing a Symbol of Injustice

Father Junipero Serra’s statue in the United States capitol should stay “until the end of time,” according to a statement made by California Governor Jerry Brown last Sunday July 19th. Serra considered his goal of converting the Indians to be just and holy, but his crusade resulted in the enslavement, torture, and death of tens … More Junipero Serra: Canonizing a Symbol of Injustice

Pope Apologizes for Sins Committed Against Native People of America

Pope Francis apologized for the Roman Catholic Church’s complicity in the oppression of indigenous peoples during the colonial era on Thursday, during his stay in Bolivia. The Romero Institute applauds Francis’s sentiments and is hopeful this will result in the revocation of the spark that ignited this flame of abuse–the Doctrine of Discovery. Created centuries … More Pope Apologizes for Sins Committed Against Native People of America

Spiritual Leader Chief Arvol Looking Horse calls for healing of the earth

Two weeks ago, a United Nations Declaration was taken to the Secretary General of the UN on the third and final day of the 20th annual World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites ceremonies. The Declaration called for the establishment of an Indigenous United Nations, with the goal of protecting future generations from environmental and … More Spiritual Leader Chief Arvol Looking Horse calls for healing of the earth

Mobilized Efforts Working to Revoke the Doctrine of Discovery

Numerous faith communities have been calling for the revocation of the 1493 Doctrine of Discovery since 2007, and Pope Francis’ new encyclical focusing on climate change being driven by multinational corporate capitalism is fueling the debate. This Doctrine provided the moral rationale for the genocide that colonial European powers inflicted upon indigenous populations. It set … More Mobilized Efforts Working to Revoke the Doctrine of Discovery