Thursday, October 23, 2014
Papal Bull of 1455
Papal Bull of 1455:
...Champions of the Christian Faith...
to invade, search out, capture, vanquish and subdue all Saracens and Pagans whatsoever and other enemies of Christ wheresoever placed and to reduce their persons to perpetual slavery...
The struggle of Christian and Saracen was one of which both sides played the roles of both perpetrator and victim. In other words, the Muslims of those times committed the same type of aggression as above. However, with the Pagans--or "native believers" (those who believed in the spirituality of their ancestors--the socio-political/religious dynamic was very different. These were not people from some foreign land, but those who adhered to the pre-Christian ways of at least 40,000 years of history.