Monday, May 14, 2007; 3:15 PM
BRASILIA - Outraged Indian leaders in Brazil said on Monday they were offended by Pope Benedict's "arrogant and disrespectful" comments that the Roman Catholic Church had purified them and a revival of their religions would be a backward step.
In a speech to Latin American and Caribbean bishops at the end of a visit to Brazil, the Pope said the Church had not imposed itself on the indigenous peoples of the Americas.
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It's said that everyone is welcome to have their own opinion but not their own facts. One must keep in mind that Herr Ratzinger is a former member of the Hitler-Jugend and, therefore, quite predisposed to living in a racial fantasy.
It seems to me that in many cases, confronted by conversion by the sword, indigenous people took the approach "How Christian do I have to be for you to leave us alone." That would be why, throughout Yucatan (and MANY other areas, as well), one can find offerings to the old gods right along side the church.
My god, it must have been marvelous for the native peoples of the Americas to have all those wonderful people come all the way from Europe to help them cope with problems then never had!