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The Popes and Slavery [Paperback]

By Joel S. Panzer (Author)
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Pages   138
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.2" Width: 5.61" Height: 0.39"
Weight:   0.46 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 25, 2005
Publisher   Alba House
ISBN  0818907649  
EAN  9780818907647  

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This book reveals how the Church has in the past and still does speak up decisively to halt the infamous trade in human flesh.

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The Church is not that secretive  Mar 29, 2007
This book demonstrates open documentation from the Catholic Church on important social issues. Institutionalized slavery was a given in past ages. the Popes of each age issued statements progressivly in favor of humane treatment of slaves to the eventual abolition of slavery. The author has a tendancy to soft-soap some of the history. I find that disappointing. A strong organization does not need to cover up. Admission of errors is a sign of maturity and strength.
good book  Jul 6, 2003
Panzer does a fine job clearing up many misconceptions that have been spread about the Catholic Church throughout its history.
Good sources, dishonest scholarship.  Dec 21, 2001
Used as a sourcebook for documents by the Catholic Church on the slave trade, this is great. Fr. Joel Panzer gives the original Latin with translations of major statements by popes regarding slavery for the last 400 years. So, for that the book is invaluable. His dishonesty, however, shows forth in his interpretation of those documents. To take one example: Whereas he mentions the work of the Catholic priest, Bartolomeo de las Casas, in ending the enslavement of the indigenous peoples by the Spanish colonists, Fr. Panzer is completely silent about De las Casas' suggestion that Africans be used as slaves instead. Fr. Panzer is quite correct in pointing out the difference between slavery a la' indentured servitude and the slave trade PER SE. The former was not necessarily opposed by the Church, while the latter was indeed condemned. Fr. Panzer tries to nuance the primary sources he uses to favor the Catholic Church -- and, that is the weakness of his book. Get it if you want to have most of the original documents from the Roman Catholic Church on the subject. Just don't expect scholarship from Fr. Joel Panzer.
Some immoral popes have condemned one species of slavery  Sep 11, 1999
This skimpy volume attempts to settle once and for all the historical question: Did any Popes condemn one type of slavery in the last 400 years? The author was ordained in 1994, and this book was published in 1996. It bears the Imprimatur of Fabian Bruskewitz, who had been bishop of Lincoln, Nebr., less than a year before this ms. went to the publisher. Apparently, the author completed this volume whilst assistant chaplain at the Univ.of Nebr. during that Diocese's upheaval under Bruskewitz, a worthy successor to the Popes whom Panzer cites with approval, Alexander VI, recently honored by the Vatican with a postal commemerative, and Julius III. Alexander VI was the illegitimate son of Pope Callistus III. Alexander VI had four children, and had a relationship with his daughter, Lucrezia Borgia. Alexander gave the New World to Spain, and Brazil to Portugal. Both countries then declared that Indians could be conquered and enslaved because they would not peacably embrace Christianity. Paul III "gave his sister Giulis 'to Alexander VI to be deflowered'." He also "committed incest with his daughter Constancia and poisoned her husband Bosius Sforza that he might the more freely enjoy her;". Paul excommunicated Henry VIII and forbade Catholic services to be said in England. Paul III issued a pontifical decree, "The Sublime God" which "played an exalted role in the cause of social justice in the New World." Such are the authorities cited in this slender volume. Panzer's basic premise is that the Popes did condemn North and South American slavery, which was different from "just title servitude." The latter is justified today, whereas the former was something entirely different. He maintains that the Latin word "servitus" which is used in papal documents, can mean either slavery American-style or "just title servitude." Humpty Dumpty would be proud of Panzer's redaction on "servitus." However, this 124 page volume is worthy of its price of admission, since it is the only collection of Papal documents in Latin and English which tendiciously deal with the "peculiar institution," but one should be extra careful in relying on the English, particularly in view of the Vatican's insistence that Americans, Canadians, and inhabitants of the British Isles, lack the erudition in English of Tasmanian bishops. {The latter corrected the former's rendition of the English version of the Catechism.) Non amo te, Panzer et Bruskewitz, nec possum dicere quare. Hoc tantum possum dicere, non amo te.

Those seeking a more catholic list of documents concerning the Latin Rite's historical approa ch to slavery, should refer to "Rome Has Through the Centuries" (1998), pp 81-90. Unlike the Panzer tome, this book is more complete. However, the Panzer book gives the complete text of its one-sided selections, wheras "Rome Has Spoken" reduces those statements to 25 words o r less. For background on the character of the Popes who issued the selections chosen by Panzer, c f. "Sex Lives of the Popes."


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