Evangelizing remote tribes


I only recommend military intervention to secure the body and open dialogue to prevent future deaths.


Be respectful of the deceased.


Whether that tradeoff was worth it won’t be properly determined until all is said and done.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.

Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Careful about the calculus you use to determine the worth of what isn’t fully understood.


Charity is always first. Forcibly “converting” peoples is not charity, it is evil, and is condemned by the Church.
Specifically, in writing.

Love only exists in freedom.


It’s a good thing that St. Pius X fan wasn’t suggesting that then.


It’s also a good thing to use the quote function.

St Pius fan said:
The proper way to go about this would be to surround the island with military force and subdue the population, so that missionaries can actually establish a presence on the island without being killed.

You can backpedal all you want, the Church specifically rejects this distortion of evangelization.


Where does the Church condemn what St. Pius X fan said?


One thing I decided to do a while back, for peace of mind, is not do remedial homework for people.
Look it up. Look at the posts up the thread. Search the forum. Google.
Documents of vatican 2. etc…


Putting aside what this person did (he was not sent by the Church of Christ, obviously), a couple verses come to mind about evangelizing peoples in general:

Matt. 28:18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”

Matt.10:14 And if any one will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. 15 Truly, I say to you, it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.

Jesus does not exclude “remote tribes” from the missionary mandate. It is also in their best interest to be converted to the faith of Christ, as it is for all. That being said, it is also up to them–if they do not welcome an emissary of the Gospel, we have to move on and leave them to their judgment. We can’t force the Gospel against their will–that negates the very purpose of the Gospel.

To sum up, in accordance with the Scriptures, the Church teaches that no people, no matter how remote, are to be excluded:

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium:

Lastly, we cannot forget that evangelization is first and foremost about preaching the Gospel to those who do not know Jesus Christ or who have always rejected him. Many of them are quietly seeking God, led by a yearning to see his face, even in countries of ancient Christian tradition. All of them have a right to receive the Gospel. Christians have the duty to proclaim the Gospel without excluding anyone.

In fidelity to the example of the Master, it is vitally important for the Church today to go forth and preach the Gospel to all: to all places, on all occasions, without hesitation, reluctance or fear. The joy of the Gospel is for all people: no one can be excluded. That is what the angel proclaimed to the shepherds in Bethlehem: “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people (Lk 2:10). The Book of Revelation speaks of “an eternal Gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tongue and tribe and people” (Rev 14:6).

Just to add, nobody should be undertaking these kinds of things on their own accord. Missionary activity should always be coordinated by the bishop (the bishop of Rome, or course, being supreme in these matters).


I am aware that the Church condemns forced conversion, but I was not aware that the Church condemned something like using military force to subdue an island so that missionaries can get there safely.


This topic was automatically closed after 24 hours. New replies are no longer allowed.

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in these forums do not necessarily reflect those of Catholic Answers. For official apologetics resources please visit www.catholic.com.