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  •  The Catholic Church has not stopped (8+ / 0-)

    "whitening" their saints, either.  It was just a few years ago that Pope John Paul celebrated the elevation of "Juan Diego" to sainthood in Mexico in 2002.

    "Juan Diego" was the indigenous Mexican Indian who had received visions of the Virgin Mary as "The Virgen of Guadalupe" and miraculously had an image of the virgin appear upon his frock.

    No matter that the historical veracity of the tale is fairly widely questioned by historians, the Church needed another indigenous saint to further cement their foothold, what with all the protestant evangelicals and Mormons wandering about.

    Also "miraculously" the Vatican's official image of Saint Juan Diego was of a Spaniard, not an indigenous person of Mexico.  His face is European. He is bearded.  He is lighter skinnned.

    Other church propagated images of him are even lighter.

    And this was done in 2002. To what end? Making Europeans in the Vatican feel better about themselves?  

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 10:29:11 PM PST

    •  P.S. I just read the complete text at the second (0+ / 0-)

      link above (and repeated here)

      The actual result of Our Lady of Guadalupe's message, in which Saint Juan Diego played the key role, brought belief in Jesus Christ and the grace of baptism to countless native Indians of Aztec heritage.  In the seven years following Mary's appearance at Tepeyac (1532-1538), eight million Indians were baptized into Christ.
      Conversion to Catholic Christianity was compulsory.  So this paragraph represents an enormous "white-washing" of history:

      1) Aztecs, Maya and millions of other peoples were herded into "reductions" which was a Spanish term for "controlled housing."  Rather than living scattered off the land according to their native methods, these "converts" were forced to live according to Spanish norms:  farming, herding, etc.

      2) These organized and "efficient" (for maintaining control, enforcing 'worship,' for extracting work and wealth) reductions came to live up to their name in other ways:  they spread disease like wildfire, leading to a 90-95% decrease in indigenous population in just a few decades.

      3) Those who refused to convert to Christianity were considered animals, literally and figuratively, and were harshly persecuted.  In Yucatan, Fray Diego Landa conducted the New Spain's Inquisition, leading to the horrific torture and death of many Maya, along with massive destruction of religious icons and codices.

      It was not "Saint Juan Diego" who brought belief to the inhabitants of New Spain, it was the point of a sword, the point of a gun, the slaughter by cannon, the torture by priests and monks, the forced relocation and forced labor and the death of all those who did not believe.  

      The seven years "following Mary's appearance" (convenient story) also saw a much greater influx of the religious orders and fortune seekers of military, trade and religious origins. That's what caused the forced conversions.

      That's what we call "grace," right?  Stomach-churning lies.

      Even today, and for the last several decades, the Catholic Church is fighting elements of the Maya religion which infiltrate worship services through the practices of church members and indigenous Catholic priests.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 10:04:28 AM PST

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