What is the Roman Catholic Church's stance on slavery?

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  • Mike K
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
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    In modern times it condemns the exploitation in that including human trafficking.

    "The Second Vatican Council condemned slavery (i.e., chattel slavery): "Whatever insults human dignity, such as subhuman living conditions, arbitrary imprisonment, deportation, slavery . . . the selling of women and children; as well as disgraceful working conditions, where men are treated as mere tools for profit, rather than as free and responsible persons; all these things and others of their like are infamies indeed . . . they are a supreme dishonor to the Creator" (Gaudium et spes 27; cf. no 29). "

    Now various Popes are on record as having condemned slavery from 60 years after Columbus to the late 19th century though there were Catholics who participated in it, particularily from Spain and Portugal.

    As for the US, you need to remember that in the 18th and 19th centuries, Catholics were a small and much-despised minority. They were subject to repeated, sometimes violent attacks by Protestant "Nativists." In many ways, the American hierarchy of the day was trying to protect the Catholics immigrating to the U.S. and did not regard itself as in a position to be the leader in a major social crusade.


    Michael Kelly

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  • vock
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    regrettably, the early Christian church exchange into as quickly as soaking moist in man made traditions. Slavery exchange into as quickly as ideal to lots. in spite of the undeniable fact that, for the extremely Christian who had a guy or woman dating with Jesus, that they had mercy on the slaves and dealt with them as their very own companion and teenagers. Too risky there have been no longer that many heard of.

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  • 9 years ago

    Read the book of Philemon. It is contrary to the spirit of love to either have or treat someone as a slave. We are to treat each other as brothers.

    Paul entreats Philemon to treat Onesimus as a brother and receive him back, even though he was an escaped slave.

    Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord? -Philemon 1:16

    2000 years later, this is still the case.

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