Statement on Doctrine of Discovery imminent – The Catholic Register

Statement on Doctrine of Discovery imminent – The Catholic Register

by ahnationtalk on September 16, 202235 Views

September 16, 2022

A date for a new papal statement on the Doctrine of Discovery, promised by Pope Francis on his way home from Canada to Rome, has not been announced. But whenever it happens it will address core concerns of Indigenous people in Canada and in many other parts of the world.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is working with Vatican officials in Rome on the wording for a new statement rejecting an entire tradition of legal reasoning, said CCCB spokesperson Jonathan Lesarge.

“Galvanized by the calls of our Indigenous partners and by the Holy Father’s remarks, Canada’s bishops have engaged and are actively working with the Vatican with the goal of issuing a new statement from the Church,” he said. “We do not have a confirmed timeline for when the Holy See intends to release this statement, however the work is ongoing and we hope to have an update in the coming weeks.”

American legal scholar Robert Miller estimates the key 1823 United States Supreme Court decision that entrenched the Doctrine of Discovery into common law around the world has been cited by courts in Canada 70 times and is the very foundation of property law in the United States.

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