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The Edge of Solidarity

Joan F. Neal, NETWORK’s Deputy Executive Director and Chief Equity Officer.

This past spring, the Vatican issued a document repudiating the “doctrine of discovery,” which was used to justify colonialism and atrocities against Indigenous people for centuries. While this movement by the church is welcome and long over-due, it is not without its flaws. Not only does the Vatican doc- ument minimize the church’s active and supportive role in co- lonialism and the oppression and abuse of Indigenous people, it also makes no mention of the transatlantic slave trade. Once again, the institutional church has failed to take responsibility for its role in enslaving human beings....(download the article to continue reading.) 

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