His Holiness the Supreme Pontiff Pope John Paul of the Catholic Church has admited responsibility for, and asked forgiveness for the sins of the Catholic Church over the past 2000 years.
One of the seven categories he asked forgiveness for was the forced conversion of natives in various continents, where the church propergated colonialism, etc. He also asked that forgiveness be given for sins comminted against other cultures by the colonialists.
I saw this on New Zealand's TVOne Network News at 18:00 hrs, and again on NZTV Three at 10:30pm again on the 13th of March 2000.
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To me this is a major step in the re-establishment of Vedic culture in the modern world.
For so many years the Catholic Church has sponsored the forced conversion, misrepresentation of historical events and doctoring of religious scriptures to futher their own ends in the spreading of Christianity in the new world (the colonies - USA, South America, India, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, etc., etc).
Thousands have been harmed, tortured, and even killed in the name of Christianity that uphold the ten commandments as its epitaph.
Cultures have been purposefully blasphemed, misprepresented, mispresented, ruined, or near removed, being replaced by church sponsored zelots waving their Christian banner.
There is now a rennaisance of presentations of reality around the world revealing the herasies that have been done.
Teachings presented by unscrupulous persons such as the church sponsored Max Muller, a person who's books are now found and taught in every university world wide, even in India.
Now let it be declared boldly who are the true representatives of Vedik culture. Some of the great proponants that I know of are; Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur (Kedarnath Datta), Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupada (Siddhanta Saraswati), Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - they stand bodly among their volumes of works, purely chaste to the Vedik view.
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VWH.html Vedik World Heritage