Revoke the Doctrine of Discovery

Putting an end to Legal Justification for Genocide

Alliances revoking the Doctrine of Discovery

As of August 2016 the following groups announced their request to Pope Francis to issue a formal rescission of the “15th century papal bulls that provide the basis for the Doctrine of Discovery.” 

  • Loretto Community (Read the Loretto Community letter to Pope Francis here)
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
  • Sisters of St Francis (Rochester, Minn.; Concordia, Kan.; Philadelphia)
  • Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (Kan.)
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes (Fond du Lac, Wis.)
  • Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Casa Loreto, Rome)
  • Sisters of St. Joseph and Associates of Buffalo New York
  • Pax Christi International
  • 8th Day Center for Justice
  • Nevada Desert Experience
  • Lakota People’s Law Project
  • Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
  • Amah Mutsun Tribal Band
  • Last Real Indians
  • Blue Planet Project
  • Council of Canadians
  • Franciscans for Justice
  • Fargo Native American Commission
  • Pax Christi Maine
  • Call to Action Colorado
  • Sisters of St. Joseph and Associates of Buffalo
  • Indigenous Women’s Initiative
  • Indigenous Women’s Network
  • Sand Creek Honoring Tour
  • CatholicNetwork.us
  • DenverCatholicNetwork.org
  • Mountain View Friends Meeting
  • The Institute Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
  • Boulder Friends Meeting
  • Pendle Hill Quaker Study, Retreat, and Conference Center
  • Romero Organic Theatre Troupe
  • The Zorgos Bullying­ Prevention Project
  • The Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center
  • Community United Church of Christ, Boulder, Colorado
  • Sisters of the Holy Cross Congregation Justice Committee
  • Holy Cross International Justice Committee
  • Earth Jurisprudence
  • Erie Benedictines for Peace
  • Society of Holy Child Jesus, American Province
  • Daughters of Charity­Province of St. Louise
  • Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Mercy International Association
  • Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability
  • South Central Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends

Other groups that have made similar announcements include: 

  • Indigenous Law Institute
  • World Council of Churches
  • Episcopal House of Bishops
  • The Philadelphia, New York and Canadian Yearly Meetings of the Religious Society of Friends and the Boulder Friends Meeting (Quakers)
  • United Methodist Church
  • Unitarian Universalists