In Roman Catholic doctrine, Popes are supposed to be infallible.
So, only rarely do they admit having been wrong.
However, the present Pope, Benedict XVI, who has not been in office for long, already had to admit having been wrong at least twice.
And now, on the indigenous people of the Americas.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
Pope: Indians suffered from Christianization
The pope has recognized that the conversion to Christianity of the American continent brought suffering to the Indians.
Benedict admitted that the indigenous nations have often been ill-treated.
This month, the pope during his visit to Brazil had still said that the bringing of Catholicism supposedly had nothing to do with imposing a foreign culture.
That he said that made many Indians angry.
They called the pope without respect and arrogant.
The president of Venezuela, Chavez, asked Benedict to apologize for this, for denying the ‘holocaust’ of the Indians.
See also History News Network on this.
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