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Reply To: How should we deal with the topic of the Crusades, both in our own thinking and in engagement with Muslims?

Joseph Danaher

Thanks Felipe. You’re right, we MUST acknowledge errors and guilt. I truly don’t understand much of the push on the Right today to whitewash history and ignore immense failures. Did Columbus find America for the Europeans? Sure. But did he also do absolutely heinous things to native Americans and rule as a tyrant? Yes! I don’t understand why many are so opposed to simply acknowledging the historical facts of his misdeeds. And the same with the Church. Using force and the sword against civilians for religious reasons is inherently illegitimate according to the natural law. We have to recognize that faults occurred and express compassion like you said. Otherwise we are simply willfully blind and dishonest.