Letter: Catholic church was not involved in slave trade
Published 8:40 am, Sunday, September 18, 2016
To the Editor:
On Sept. 1, it was reported on radio and television that during the 1800s two Jesuit Catholic priests sold approximately 240 slaves, to pay off debt owed by Georgetown University.
The reports were extremely misleading, not accurate nor complete. For example, in 1445 Pope Eugenius IV issued a Papal Edict, condemning slavery and imposing automatic excommunication from the Catholic Church, on any Catholic involved in slavery in any capacity.
More than 400 years later, President Lincoln freed America’s slaves. Had he taken a lesson from the teachings of the Catholic Church?
The above mentioned Jesuits were not members of the Catholic Church in good standing, having been automatically excommunicated by papal decree, for their involvement in the slave trade.
Other pertinent facts were not reported, maybe because of journalistic ignorance, incompetence or an intentional smearing of the Catholic Church.
The above media reports mislead listeners into deducing erroneously, the Catholic Church was involved in the slave trade. Nothing could be further from the truth!
Three different popes who succeeded Pope Eugenius IV spoke out strongly, condemning the action of any Catholic involved in slavery in any way, shape or form.
God help the mainstream media. God knows they need enlightenment and repentance. Pray the truth will become paramount and proclaimed again in our secular and political culture!