The Doctrine of Discovery is a series of papal bulls, or decrees, that gave Christian explorers the right to lay claim to any land that was not inhabited by Christians and was available to be “discovered.” If its inhabitants could be converted, they might be spared. If not, they could be enslaved or killed.
The doctrine’s modern influence re-emerged recently in the debate about the racism and exploitation of Native American sports mascots, Fiedler said. It has justified efforts to eliminate indigenous languages, practices and worldviews, and it affects Native American sovereignty and treaty obligations.
The Vatican has said that later bulls and papal apologies show the church no longer supports the doctrine.
So these papal bulls…if the Vatican can issue an apology later and not support the doctrine, how do we counter the claim that the Vatican will eventually “get with the times” and “change the doctrine” about other things, like SSM?
Also, the first thing that came up to my mind was papal infallibility…how does that fit in with this…?