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Brewman_Jax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-18-07 05:18 PM
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100. The Catholic Church and Slavery
The Catholic Church issued three Papal Bulls that would sanctify and justify colonization and the slave trade. They were, The The Dum Diversas, The Romanus Pontifex, and The Inter Caetera

Pope Nicholas V issued the papal bull Dum Diversas on June 18, 1452. It authorised Alfonso V of Portugal to reduce any Saracens (Muslims) and pagans and any other unbelievers to perpetual slavery. This facilitated the Portuguese slave trade from West Africa.

The same pope wrote the bull Romanus Pontifex on January 5, 1455 to the same Alfonso. As a follow-up to the Dum Diversas, it extended to the Catholic nations of Europe dominion over discovered lands during the Age of Discovery. Along with sanctifying the seizure of non-Christian lands, it encouraged the enslavement of native, non-Christian peoples in Africa and the New World.

The specific text of the Romanus Pontifex:
"We weighing all and singular the premises with due meditation, and noting that since we had formerly by other letters of ours granted among other things free and ample faculty to the aforesaid King Alfonso -- to invade, search out, capture, vanquish, and subdue all Saracens and pagans whatsoever, and other enemies of Christ wheresoever placed, and the kingdoms, dukedoms, principalities, dominions, possessions, and all movable and immovable goods whatsoever held and possessed by them and to reduce their persons to perpetual slavery, and to apply and appropriate to himself and his successors the kingdoms, dukedoms, counties, principalities, dominions, possessions, and goods, and to convert them to his and their use and profit"


In 1493 Alexander VI issued the bull Inter Caetera stating one Christian nation did not have the right to establish dominion over lands previously dominated by another Christian nation, thus establishing the Law of Nations.


These religious declarations essentially created the "white man's burden", in addition to the justification of imperialism and seizing land for colonization and the global slave trade during the Age of Exploration.




http://www.kwabs.com/romanus_pontifex_bull.html

http://www.romancatholicism.org/popes-slavery.htm
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