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Francesco Maddalena wrote:

Hi guys,

My question is in regards the Church and slavery. The accusation that the Church supported slavery is a common perception and, more often than not, a wrong one.

Being a Catholic who likes to be informed, I did already some research on my own, using useful web sites like, so I know that throughout history the Church has often been against slavery and promoted human rights, although in a different way than modern social (and political) movements.

  • Do you have any extra resources where I can find exactly the relationship throughout history between: i.) the Church, ii.) slavery, and iii.) human rights preferably from the first century until now?

Thank you for your answers.


  { Where can I find the relationship historically between the Church, slavery, and human rights? }

Mary Ann replied:

Francesco —

The very concept of human rights stems from the Judeo-Christian concept of the human person created by God.

The answers to the question you are asking can be found in an encyclopedic.

Mary Ann

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