Alexander VI‘s bull Inter Caetera (1493) demarcates generous borders for Ferdinand and Isabella in the new world.
The thought of the incarnation had become so misconstrued as to provide the theological ground on which the Earth and all peoples are to be subjugated by Christians! Such was the ideological underpinning of the colonialism which perpetrated not only genocides but the culture of exploitation, industrialisation (environmental destruction), weapons manufacture for nuclear annihilation, the death of God: The paradox is that this papal bull laid the cornerstone for a house that would have no room for Christ. We squandered our inheritance by robbing others theirs.
Luckily, when the prodigal son turned, he also arose; and Mary Magdalene, by turning and seeing Jesus in the face of the gardener, became the first to proclaim the resurrection. It is only in this turning of the Church that she will rise again.
To live again, to bear witness to the life of the Risen Lord, the glory of eternal life – as opposed to the rotten corpse of Christendom’s past “glories” – God requires the Church show repentance and reparation for the colonialism her doctrines encouraged. It is the only holy and praiseworthy undertaking left to her.
“We trust in Him from whom empires and governments and all good things proceed, that, should you, with the Lord’s guidance, pursue this holy and praiseworthy undertaking, in a short while your hardships and endeavours will attain the most felicitous result, to the happiness and glory of all Christendom.”