Pope visits cathedral in African voodoo city

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HAL.9000 wrote:

I wasn’t aware the the west was “looking down” at Africa so where the Pope is coming from exactly, I dont know. Perhaps he is just projecting the Vatican’s own view of Africa and assumes it must be universal.


“1866: The Holy Office of the Vatican issued a statement in support of slavery. The document stated that

“Slavery itself…is not at all contrary to the natural and divine law…The purchaser [of the slave] should carefully examine whether the slave who is put up for sale has been justly or unjustly deprived of his liberty, and that the vendor should do nothing which might endanger the life, virtue, or Catholic faith of the slave.”

Some commentators suggest that the statement was triggered by the passage of the 13th Amendment in the U.S. Others claim that the document referred only to a “particular situation in Africa to have slaves under certain conditions,” and not necessarily to the situation in the U.S.”

The Vatican has historically flip-flopped on the topic of slavery because it is mentioned in the Bible, but failed to understand that the “slavery” mentioned in the Bible was not racially based but more of an indentured servitude.

Nov 19, 2011 9:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
HAL.9000 wrote:


The article title changed to :”Pope visits cathedral in African voodoo city”

..changing the entire theme of the article and minimizing the original “Pope says west is condescending to Africa” title.

Nice work Reuters.

Nov 19, 2011 10:12am EST  --  Report as abuse
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