Courtesy William B. Laronal Jr.
Pope Francis and Steven Newcomb at the Vatican

Face to Face with Pope Francis to Get the Inter Caetera Papal Bull Revoked

Steven Newcomb
5/6/16

On May 4, 1493 Pope Alexander VI issued the Inter Caetera papal bull which called for non-Christian nations to be reduced and subjugated (“barbare nationes deprimantur”). On May 4, 2013, 200 years after our great Shawnee leader Tecumseh fell in battle on October 5, 1813, Dr. Debra Harry (Paiute Nation), Sharon Venne (Cree Nation, Treaty Six) and I saw two velum parchment originals of the papal bull at the General Archives of the Indies in Seville, Spain.

On May 4, 2016 I had the rare opportunity in St. Peter’s Square to call on Pope Francis to formally revoke that document. Our 20-plus years of effort to have that papal decree revoked as a document representative of a series of such documents is not a move toward what is being erroneously called “reconciliation.” It is a move toward decolonization and rectification. It is a move to end the domination language system that Pope Alexander VI directed at our non-Christian ancestors, our Original Free Nations, a language and legacy of devastation and oppression that is ongoing.

Given Pope Francis’s use of the concept of “Mother Earth” in his statement Ladauto Si, his statement of contrition in Bolivia for the terrible treatment of Original Nations by the Catholic Church and other colonizing forces, and his various calls for reform, Pope Francis is the perfect candidate for a revocation of the series of papal bulls of domination. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, met with our group for two hours, a delegation from various Original Nations that had gathered during the Long March to Rome to discuss the ongoing call for a revocation of the papal bulls, which began with the Indigenous Law Institute’s efforts back in 1992. The Long March to Rome gathering convened in Florence and Rome from April 30 to May 4, 2016.

After saying a brief prayer in our Lenape language I said to the pope: “Pope Francis this is a book that I’ve written about the papal bull Inter Caetera from May 4 1493. Today is the 523rd year since that document was issued which called for the domination of our Original Nations and Peoples from Great Turtle Island and all non-Christian nations throughout the planet. That papal document has been extremely destructive to our nations and peoples for more than five centuries. We’re calling on you to formally revoke that document so you can release the spirit of that negative energy that the Vatican placed on us.” Pope Francis responded, “I will read it.” I continued, “Thank you. This is a statement we’ve created. I want to thank you so much for agreeing to meet with us.”

It has been 24 years since Birgil Kills Straight, a traditional Headman of the Oglala Lakota Nation, and I began our effort to have the pope revoke the papal bull. Birgil arranged for us to travel with Italian allies on a speaking tour of cities in Northern Italy. Now we have formally delivered that call for revocation directly to the heart and mind of Pope Francis, who has taken the name of St. Francis of Assisi, someone who identified with reverence for nature and the animals.

Birgil and I went to Assisi, Italy in the mid-1990s when Birgil was asked to be part of the drafting team for the preamble to the Earth Charter. He was invited by Father Perzywozny from Poland to sit with eminent scholars in that drafting team. Birgil brought with him an essay he wrote about Oglala Lakota ceremonies and spirituality, explaining by implication that the Catholic Church had not succeeded in attempting to destroy the language and ceremonial traditions of the Oglala Lakota People. And by means of those two aspects of their existence they still communicate with the animals just as Francis of Assisi is said to have done. Father Perzywozny was rather unreceptive to that message, yet the scientists were not because they understood the dire condition in which we now find Mother Earth and how critically important respectful Earth centered teachings are at this time. Birgil Kills Straight then went on to the Vatican and met with Pope John Paul II.

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It is very positive to ask these people in a polite way, please stop lying and correct your records. There is an epic battle that may take a few lifetimes as the church has things to hide, crimes against the people and truth. It would be divine if they would tell the truth, but consider how much paper is worth. You have stacks of them promising peace forever and every one of them in deceit and dishonesty. You know the historical truth, and life and divine creation know the truth. As in the vast history spanning thousands of years that is not written down on paper and shelved on air conditioned sealed chambers - the Native Indigenous history did not get lost over all that great time and all the trauma and separation, the truth, life and your history is not lost, but you have a mule to lug up the hill to speak the truth and 40 more to enforce a commitment to a reality they signed their name to. I think we are in a serious enough time where evolution has stopped and they have taken us all back to their glory days as Roman Emperors and that whole nightmare. They were naturally dishonest to rebuild it here in North America all the while saying these are greek architecture style buildings. They have also fancied that they have modeled their own system of governance as the Iroquois nation did. They also remind sternly they are a republic. Indeed a Roman Republic in which all roads lead to D.C. after B.C. in the A.D. and I just would not bet any money on what part of any truth they might make reference to. You might hold their feet to the fire but you will need some water every now and again, not much are going to talk straight. The thieving problem is knaw in your caw and I do mean the world over, everyone is getting sick of it, it is said a majority of the earth's population. Why exactly Europe also I can only guess ego problems. One of these days every country in Europe has got some formal confessing if they can tell the truth. It is straight out from their front door, kitchen, draw bridge they sent this giddy pack of their tortured broken and busted trash to rip these lands apart and pack up them boats and keep that shipping lane clogged full. They have not made any effort to take any responsibility for one iota of this blinking mess. They are responsible. They lost their battle with the so called U.S. it is still their responsibility. They had no permission to move people, shells of what use to be people and tear this land, people, water, forest to one everlasting death. It is high crimes for France, England, Spain, Holland, they are every bit responsible for taking charge and honoring the right of all Native tribes to be restored to their lands, to return what they stole and to pay for what they could not return and other criminal charges. The war crimes tribunal in the Hague has not admitted to prepare the court to hear some of the grossest crimes ever committed against humanity, here in North America by them and still they can not find the light switch, how about a flash light, candles? Criminals and candles come to the Hague, makes a nice postcard. It is next to impossible to get cooperation, honesty just can not go some places. The murder problem seems the most critical and urgent and if addressed we could say life, the earth, a place where hope could keep hoping. The human genome has been mapped. Biologists can now read sequences of paired DNA that will express certain traits. There exist identifiable markers on the genes that are for color of eyes, hair color, disease, height. These people clearly are possessed. They are driven to murder as one can tell all around. They are broken possessed people, part of themselves is gone and not coming back. There maybe enough in samples to identify a specific marker on the gene that if turned off chemically may shut off their machine like fervor for murdering all life. It is the best first step solution I can think of. The problem is trying to find a $100,000 nobel golden awardee with hands open wide for fame and glory, no. A simple human being with brains in biology with access to laboratory equipment to help humanity, the earth, eternity, all the children have a tomorrow. I do sincerely mean it. We don't have time for their games. It will take you a thousand years one word at a time, maybe yes, maybe no. The world is in the hands of those who care and a prayer. They are watching every little thing for anyone who is trying to find a way out of their final solution day. I say hey, historically there has never been a Roman republic in North America is this is not hollywood and historical revisionism is not working out. Tear their Roman village down because it is forbidden by the same exact things they are doing now. Rome was set on fire because it was a filthy place of filthy people, which is a disgrace and intolerable. They also violated espionage acts, treason, aiding and abetting an enemy and other crimes when they undercover brought Nazi war criminals into the government to help them. Those war criminals were supposed to be on trial in the Hague who they helped escape. It goes on into one horrifying detail that would fill volumes and a separate own library. If their murder is not turned off then we are all dust cosmic. We need a driver to steer away from vicious scenes that are not memorable and horrors are not for the living but should always without fail be stored, safely kept in their bloody hell, never ever in the land of the living. They do not have much law but volumes of crimes like mementos is disgusting. I have a prayer and up to the last minute second I condemn them - they never had any right to inflict on life these horrors, humanity was created for humanity we did nothing to deserve these monsters, possessed demons are forbidden to touch this life and earth. It is the law they have no right to be here and should lift off, there is no sanctuary on all the earth, they are forbidden to ever touch this life this earth. They chose who to be the law is applicable, they were to leave immediately. It is a fact of the utmost matter, the earth and all the life with her is in extreme danger because of what they are, fiends and demons and because they poison her and her life. The earth labors to live they suffocate her. It is necessary to find other forms of communication their technology is not a toy, it is a way of controlling, manipulating, programing, and executing people. The Indigenous way looks poverty, no it looks life it looks live which is where creation began. Hear it ancient remember elder the communion in the time of cleansing and reflecting you are to be safe.

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Submitted by WinterWindTeacher on
It is very positive to ask these people in a polite way, please stop lying and correct your records. There is an epic battle that may take a few lifetimes as the church has things to hide, crimes against the people and truth. It would be divine if they would tell the truth, but consider how much paper is worth. You have stacks of them promising peace forever and every one of them in deceit and dishonesty. You know the historical truth, and life and divine creation know the truth. As in the vast history spanning thousands of years that is not written down on paper and shelved on air conditioned sealed chambers - the Native Indigenous history did not get lost over all that great time and all the trauma and separation, the truth, life and your history is not lost, but you have a mule to lug up the hill to speak the truth and 40 more to enforce a commitment to a reality they signed their name to. I think we are in a serious enough time where evolution has stopped and they have taken us all back to their glory days as Roman Emperors and that whole nightmare. They were naturally dishonest to rebuild it here in North America all the while saying these are greek architecture style buildings. They have also fancied that they have modeled their own system of governance as the Iroquois nation did. They also remind sternly they are a republic. Indeed a Roman Republic in which all roads lead to D.C. after B.C. in the A.D. and I just would not bet any money on what part of any truth they might make reference to. You might hold their feet to the fire but you will need some water every now and again, not much are going to talk straight. The thieving problem is knaw in your caw and I do mean the world over, everyone is getting sick of it, it is said a majority of the earth's population. Why exactly Europe also I can only guess ego problems. One of these days every country in Europe has got some formal confessing if they can tell the truth. It is straight out from their front door, kitchen, draw bridge they sent this giddy pack of their tortured broken and busted trash to rip these lands apart and pack up them boats and keep that shipping lane clogged full. They have not made any effort to take any responsibility for one iota of this blinking mess. They are responsible. They lost their battle with the so called U.S. it is still their responsibility. They had no permission to move people, shells of what use to be people and tear this land, people, water, forest to one everlasting death. It is high crimes for France, England, Spain, Holland, they are every bit responsible for taking charge and honoring the right of all Native tribes to be restored to their lands, to return what they stole and to pay for what they could not return and other criminal charges. The war crimes tribunal in the Hague has not admitted to prepare the court to hear some of the grossest crimes ever committed against humanity, here in North America by them and still they can not find the light switch, how about a flash light, candles? Criminals and candles come to the Hague, makes a nice postcard. It is next to impossible to get cooperation, honesty just can not go some places. The murder problem seems the most critical and urgent and if addressed we could say life, the earth, a place where hope could keep hoping. The human genome has been mapped. Biologists can now read sequences of paired DNA that will express certain traits. There exist identifiable markers on the genes that are for color of eyes, hair color, disease, height. These people clearly are possessed. They are driven to murder as one can tell all around. They are broken possessed people, part of themselves is gone and not coming back. There maybe enough in samples to identify a specific marker on the gene that if turned off chemically may shut off their machine like fervor for murdering all life. It is the best first step solution I can think of. The problem is trying to find a $100,000 nobel golden awardee with hands open wide for fame and glory, no. A simple human being with brains in biology with access to laboratory equipment to help humanity, the earth, eternity, all the children have a tomorrow. I do sincerely mean it. We don't have time for their games. It will take you a thousand years one word at a time, maybe yes, maybe no. The world is in the hands of those who care and a prayer. They are watching every little thing for anyone who is trying to find a way out of their final solution day. I say hey, historically there has never been a Roman republic in North America is this is not hollywood and historical revisionism is not working out. Tear their Roman village down because it is forbidden by the same exact things they are doing now. Rome was set on fire because it was a filthy place of filthy people, which is a disgrace and intolerable. They also violated espionage acts, treason, aiding and abetting an enemy and other crimes when they undercover brought Nazi war criminals into the government to help them. Those war criminals were supposed to be on trial in the Hague who they helped escape. It goes on into one horrifying detail that would fill volumes and a separate own library. If their murder is not turned off then we are all dust cosmic. We need a driver to steer away from vicious scenes that are not memorable and horrors are not for the living but should always without fail be stored, safely kept in their bloody hell, never ever in the land of the living. They do not have much law but volumes of crimes like mementos is disgusting. I have a prayer and up to the last minute second I condemn them - they never had any right to inflict on life these horrors, humanity was created for humanity we did nothing to deserve these monsters, possessed demons are forbidden to touch this life and earth. It is the law they have no right to be here and should lift off, there is no sanctuary on all the earth, they are forbidden to ever touch this life this earth. They chose who to be the law is applicable, they were to leave immediately. It is a fact of the utmost matter, the earth and all the life with her is in extreme danger because of what they are, fiends and demons and because they poison her and her life. The earth labors to live they suffocate her. It is necessary to find other forms of communication their technology is not a toy, it is a way of controlling, manipulating, programing, and executing people. The Indigenous way looks poverty, no it looks life it looks live which is where creation began. Hear it ancient remember elder the communion in the time of cleansing and reflecting you are to be safe.

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It amazes me that most everyone has not got a clue what the "papal bull" is all about....Like you stated the bishops and probably the pope does not have a clue what an insane order or thought was brought into being back 500 years ago in the name of christ... This has probably already been done but someone ought to do a documentary about this insanity that was started and how it has affected everyone today....... Having these doctrines removed and dissolved would not really change anything but it would be a way the church of today could at least admit or ask forgiveness for the deeds of our great, great, great, great, great freaking crazy ancestors

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Sic ait inlacrimans reciptique ad limina gressum Corpus ubi examini positum Pallantis Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit

Ray Evans Harrell
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Keep up the good work. You write well and your heart is correct. Wado. REH

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Submitted by Val Phillips on
So BEYOND proud of you I can't find the words! I can't believe this day finally came. Congratulations, Steve, and thank you (and thanks to Birgil and Paige too). I started weeping when I read this. I was wondering if you were going to meet with him when he was stateside, and then thought, "naaahhhh. That's what should happen so it won't." Smile. But it did. In Roma, but it did. So happy for you, and for all of us, thanks to you.

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Submitted by Val Phillips on
So BEYOND proud of you I can't find the words! I can't believe this day finally came. Congratulations, Steve, and thank you (and thanks to Birgil and Paige too). I started weeping when I read this. I was wondering if you were going to meet with him when he was stateside, and then thought, "naaahhhh. That's what should happen so it won't." Smile. But it did. In Roma, but it did. So happy for you, and for all of us, thanks to you.
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