The Mexican government is demanding an apology from Pope Francis for the Catholic Church’s role in the oppression and genocide of indigenous tribes – particularly the Aztecs – during the time of the Spanish conquistadors some 500 years ago.
”We have not forgotten this issue and continue believing they should offer an apology for the invasion,” according to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
He also called on the Spanish crown to apologize for the atrocities against native peoples of Mexico as well as the others who fell under their boot, which resulted in millions of deaths throughout the centuries, but this has been panned.
AMLO, as the president is called in Mexico, said the Church played a key role in Span’s conquest of the Americas in the 1500s due to its desire to spread Christianity among the indios.
Refusal by the Church and the Spanish government to acknowledge this gruesome chapter of history could dampen preparations for the quincentennial celebration of the advent of Christianity in the Americas.