COLUMBUS DAY AND MORE
Clarifying the Story:
So, the national celebration of Columbus Day (October 12) is moved this year to October 10th so that there can be a three-day weekend.
Fewer and fewer know the story of the journeys of Columbus to the New World. Four or five journeys, I think. Might be hard to look up the real story of faith and courage and intellectual curiosity that has inspired people for centuries. You’d have to look it up in older books, before the Global-Socialists got ahold of American education and inserted a false narrative into the story of Columbus.
The Old Broad beats the red, white, and blue –
You must, now, accept the false narrative that European Whites are bad, bad, bad. We are told we should be ashamed and embarrassed about our past — and we, today, must make amends, and apologies — and that isn’t enough – we must make “reparations” to people who live hundreds of years ago!
This is an intellectual fad, but a very destructive one.
Modern “presentations” of the story of Columbus will not tell you the reason that a new trade route to India and China had to be found. (The savage Muslim pirates had cut off trade routes to the Middle East and the East. Tens of thousands of Christians along the Mediterranean coastline were being kidnapped and enslaved or forcibly converted.)
Modern tellings of the story will also insert tales of greedy and violent intent and even “genocide” and against the Caribbeans Indians, who have received a total makeover in modern books, obscuring the fact that by the 16th century the Caribbean Sea had become home to warring tribes who killed and enslaved and . . . ate … each other, and were rapidly dying off from warfare, diseases, and human sacrifice.
Stick to Columbus for a moment. He was not an evil, greedy, violence-prone leader of a murderous expedition out to conquer unsuspecting, innocent indigenous people! He was a Catholic gentleman with an interest in sailing uncharted ocean waters because he had a belief that it was possible to sail far enough west to find India, where much of the desired trade goods had come from.
I’ve studied history for many, many decades and have never found any serious writings or teachings that the world was “flat.” Or that “if you sail too far, you’d fall off the earth”! That didn’t come about until the so-called “Enlightened” people began to re-write history with the purpose of making the Medieval World (i.e., the Catholic World) sound ridiculous. * Another deceitful intellectual fad.
Columbus: I have his captain’s log. Not the Starship Enterprise, but the Santa Maria Logs: Contemporary writings, “as they happened,” and so I can say: Don’t let the Old Broad in the green dress in the cartoon beat you down until you submit to her ideology.
Be free to look at the whole picture, the good, the interesting, and the bad.
Here’s a start: In 1537, it came to the pope, Pope Paul III, that the explorers were finding a “new type of human,” with a culture very different from Europeans. So different were they that the question was raised whether or not they were fully human. They certainly were savage and dangerous. When the question came to Rome, Pope Paul issued a decree, binding on all Catholics, about the matter. It was called Sublimus Deus.
You can read it today (in English, if you like). It was one of several similar decrees, but in this particular one you will find that the Church opposes the enslavement of indigenous peoples and opposes the destruction of their culture.
“The said Indians and all other people who may later be discovered by Christians, are by no means to be deprived of their liberty or the possession of their property, even though they be outside the faith of Jesus Christ; and that they may and should, freely and legitimately, enjoy their liberty and the possession of their property; nor should they be in any way enslaved; should the contrary happen, it shall be null and have no effect.” —Pope Paul III, “Sublimus Deus”
Later, similar decrees EXCOMMUNICATED any conquistador, colonist, governor, or explorer that abused and subjugated the “Indians.” **
Again, the story of Columbus is an inspiring story of faith and courage and the desire to solve a common problem for his native Europe. Children should know the basics of Columbus’s voyages. Then older children should be told of some of the complexities of the issues raised by finding new societies.
And adults should be able to ponder the lessons that can be learned from exploration and pathfinding and developing relationships with people who are different from you.
The Truth truly does allow us to be free to think!
HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY!
“COLUMBUS DAY AND MORE”: Today, October 10, is also the Feast Day of St. Francis de Borgia – the saint that sits so heavily on my shoulder. Among his many achievements was to assist Rome in defining and clarifying what the missionary policy should be towards the indigenous peoples that were being discovered.
His directions were in line with the papal decrees of the time, and he outlined the method of caring for and instructing native people, as well as practical means for improving their physical conditions.
. * (Anyone who lived along the seacoast could see that when a ship approaches land, you will see the tip of its tall sails first, then more of the sails, and then finally the boat. People in the Middle Ages were not blind. Nor dumb. Especially when the works of the Greek scientists and philosophers became known and studied, it was common knowledge that the earth is a globe — that revolves in the heavens as other planetary bodies do. Long, long before Galileo came around, the scientists, working under the auspices of the Church, were speculating that the earth revolved around the sun. They didn’t have the mathematics, yet, to explain the motion of heavenly bodies — but neither did Galileo in his time!)
. ** Examine the crewmen on the ships captained by Columbus. Where did he get his crew from? What kind of men were they? (They were no more Catholic in thoughts or actions than were the native peoples they came across in the New World. )
Killing of the indigenous people, enslavement, destroying their cultures, all this was ANATHEMA. You’re OUT of the Church, unless you stop and repent.
Obedience to the decrees of the Church? The pope and good church officials of the time could no more “control” the conquistadors than the pope of today can control some of our very “uncatholic” and personally immoral supporters of sodomy and abortion that we find in the US Congress.
All a good pope and good church officials can do is define what the church teaches and to propound church teachings. The choice to obey lies with individuals.