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    Originally Posted by aslan
    I find it easier to believe in past advanced civilizations than past ET visitations.

    Yeah? Which particular civilizations did you have in mind? Some from Yahweh's favourite area: the Middle East, for example? Or maybe from Scandinavia, the Vikings perhaps? The English Druids maybe, or maybe the Germanic tribes? Oh I know, the Mongolians; Genghis and his hordes... Um, savage ancient Africa? South America with their poison darts and voodoo? Am I getting warm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katz View Post
    Yes, and don't forget to leave out your Vatican. They had slaves too, remember...
    The Vatican didn't but I would not be surprised if some of the Church leaders did. If by Vatican you mean the Church, it is an institution for the conserving and promulgation of the Christian faith. It's members, including its leaders, are flesh and blood human beings and as such have shortcomings common to all mankind. Do any Church leaders still have slaves? No? That is a sign of progress. I pray that the Church will continue to be purified and come to be a perfect witness to He Who was a Perfect Witness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aslan View Post
    The Vatican didn't but I would not be surprised if some of the Church leaders did. If by Vatican you mean the Church, it is an institution for the conserving and promulgation of the Christian faith. It's members, including its leaders, are flesh and blood human beings and as such have shortcomings common to all mankind. Do any Church leaders still have slaves? No? That is a sign of progress. I pray that the Church will continue to be purified and come to be a perfect witness to He Who was a Perfect Witness.

    Hmmmmmmm...

    The role of
    the Roman Catholic Church
    regarding human slavery

    The role of the Christian churches in the practice of human slavery in the Americas is deplorable and needs to be exposed.

    Whether it is through ignorance or by reason of amnesia many Roman Catholics labor under the illusion - fostered by their hierarchy - that their church has always believed and acted in the past the way that it does now, when in fact the Catholic Church has believed the very opposite of what it does now.and acted accordingly. Here is the perfect illustration of that truth
    the History of the Catholic Church's official views on Human Slavery:
    Who can deny the influence of
    the epistles of St. Paul on the church?

    { Titus 2:9-10 : } "Tell slaves to be submissive to their masters and to give satisfaction in every respect; they are not to talk back, not to pilfer, but to show complete and perfect fidelity, so that in everything they may be an ornament to the doctrine of God our Savior."

    { Ephesians 6: 5-8 : } "Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as you obey Christ; not only while being watched, and in order to please them, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. Render service with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not to men and women, knowing that whatever good we do, we will receive the same again from the Lord, whether we are slaves or free."

    { 1 Cor. 7: 21–24 : } "Were you a slave when called? Do not be concerned about it. Even if you can gain your freedom, make use of your present condition now more than ever. For whoever was called in the Lord as a slave is a freed person belonging to the Lord, just as whoever was free when called is a slave of Christ. You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of human masters. In whatever condition you were called, brothers and sisters, there remain with God."

    { 1 Tim. 6:1-5 : } "Let all who are under the yoke of slavery regard their masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be blasphemed. Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful to them on the ground that they are members of the church; rather they must serve them all the more, since those who benefit by their service are believers and beloved. Teach and urge these duties.
    Whoever teaches otherwise and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that is in accordance with godliness, is conceited, understanding nothing, and has a morbid craving for controversy and for disputes about words. From these come envy, dissension, slander, base suspicions, and wrangling among those who are depraved in mind and bereft of the truth."


    And now for Roman Catholic "TRADITION",
    the teaching transmitted through the generations :
    ( supposedly from Jesus Christ )
    362 AD The local Council at Gangra in Asia Minor excommunicates anyone encouraging a slave to despise his master or withdraw from his service. (Became part of Church Law from the 13th to 20thcenturies).
    354-430 St. Augustine teaches that the institution of slavery derives from God and is beneficial to slaves and masters. (Quoted by many later Popes as proof of "Tradition".
    650 Pope Martin I condemns people who teach slaves about freedom or who encourage them to escape.
    1089 The Synod of Melfi under Pope Urban II imposed slavery on the wives of priests. (Became part of Church Law from the 13th century).
    1179 The Third Lateran Council imposed slavery on those helping the Saracens.
    1226 The legitimacy of slavery is incorporated in the Corpus Iuris Canonici, promulgated by Pope Gregory IX which remained official law of the Church until 1913. Canon lawyers worked out four "just titles" for holding slaves: slaves captured in war, persons condemned to slavery for a crime; persons selling themselves into slavery, including a father selling his child; children of a mother who is a slave.
    1224-1274 St.Thomas Aquinas defends slavery as instituted by God in punishment for sin, and justified as being part of the ‘right of nations’ and natural law. Children of a slave mother are rightly slaves even though they have not committed personal sin! (Quoted by many later Popes).
    1435 Pope Eugenius IV condemns the indiscriminate enslavement of natives in the Canary Islands, but does not condemn slavery as such.
    1450's Pope Nicholas V issued the papal bull Dum Diversas on 18 June, 1452. It authorised (King) Alfonso V of Portugal to reduce any “Saracens (Muslims) and pagans and any other unbelieversto perpetual slavery. 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.
    “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 -- by having secured the said faculty, the said King Alfonso, or, by his authority, the aforesaid infante, justly and lawfully has acquired and possessed, and doth possess, these islands, lands, harbors, and seas, and they do of right belong and pertain to the said King Alfonso and his successors”.
    1493 Pope Alexander VI authorises the King of Spain to enslave non-Christians of the Americas who are at war with Christian powers.
    1537 Pope Paul III condemns the indiscriminate enslavement of Indians in South America.
    1548 The same Pope Paul III confirms the right of clergy and laity to own slaves.
    1639 Pope Urban VIII denounces the indiscriminate enslavement of Indians in South America, without denying the four ‘just titles’ for owning slaves.
    1741 Pope Benedict XIV condemns the indiscriminate enslavement of natives in Brazil, but does not denounce slavery as such, nor the importation of slaves from Africa.
    1807 (Protestant) Britain became the first major power to permanently abolish the slave trade. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haitian_Revolution#
    Situation_in_1789 ]
    .
    1839 Pope Gregory XVI condemns the international negro slave trade (in an inconsequential manner). See the endnote below
    1866 The Holy Office in an instruction signed by Pope Pius IX declares:
    Slavery itself, considered as such in its essential nature, is not at all contrary to the natural and divine law, and there can be several just titles of slavery, and these are referred to by approved theologians and commentators of the sacred canons … It is not contrary to the natural and divine law for a slave to be sold, bought, exchanged or given".
    The turnaround
    1888 Pope Leo XIII condemns slavery in more general terms, and supports the anti-slavery movement.
    1918 The new Code of Canon Law promulgated by Pope Benedictus XV condemns ‘selling any person as a slave’. (There is no condemnation of ‘owning’ slaves, however, and that was viewed as an entirely distinct issue at the time!).
    1965 The Second Vatican Council defends basic human rights and denounces all violations of human integrity, including slavery (Gaudium et Spes, no 27,29,67).
    Table prepared by John Wijngaards, with data from: J.F.Maxwell,
    The Development of Catholic Doctrine concerning Slavery
    World Jurist 11 (1969-70) pp. 147-192 and 291-324.
    [ from http://www.womenpriests.org/teaching/slavery1.asp ]
    Catholicism and the Old South"
    Note re:Pope Gregory XVI's 1839 "Apostolic Letter" condemning the slave trade was only addressed to the dozen U.S. bishops meeting in "the 4th Provincial Council of Baltimore". In the eyes of this pope everything that happened to slaves over the centuries happened in spite of his church and its popes, and any relief slaves had enjoyed or could hope for would come from those same holy people and institutions.
    In supremo apostolatus was so inconsequential - even to the council where it was promulgated - that the wikipedia summary of that council (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provinc...s_of_Baltimore) doesn't even mention it.
    The following are excerpts from a web site designed to promote both the old Catholic Church and the old South:
    "President (Jefferson) Davis was not without solace during confinement. A rosary sent by some sisters in Savannah reached him. More notably, comfort was extended by the Vicar of Christ himself, Ven. Pope Pius IX. It took the form of a crown of thorns woven by the pope with his own hands and a portrait of the pontiff autographed with the words from Scripture, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." . . . The crown, with thorns about two inches long, is such that it is hard to see how the pope could have fashioned it without hurting himself.
    Why did this pope who is a Venerable of the Church . . . seek to comfort Davis, who was not a Catholic? . . . (It should be noted that he was the only European prince of the day to recognize — at least in a de facto way — the Southern nation, the Confederate States of America.) . . . His father sent him as a boy to Kentucky to be schooled by Dominicans. While among them young Davis - he was but nine — asked to be received into the Church. His desire was not realized. . .
    Certainly the Catholic Bishops of the South were sympathetic. There is no record of any failing to support the Confederacy. One of them, Bishop Patrick Lynch of Charleston, South Carolina, became President Davis' envoy to Ven. Pope Pius IX. . . "heroes of the fighting like the twenty Confederate generals who were Catholic, including, very notably, Gen. James Longstreet, a convert,"
    "The song Dixie, virtually the national anthem of the South, was written by a Catholic, Dan Emmet."

    [ from http://www.catholicism.org/catholicism-south.html ]

    SOURCE: http://liberalslikechrist.org/Cathol...h&slavery.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by quote by Katz
    { Titus 2:9-10 : } "Tell slaves to be submissive to their masters and to give satisfaction in every respect; they are not to talk back, not to pilfer, but to show complete and perfect fidelity, so that in everything they may be an ornament to the doctrine of God our Savior."
    I will only answer the first of your silly criticisms.

    At the time of this quotation, slavery was a fact of life in the world. Christianity was not a political movement nor a rebel movement, much to the chagrin of persons like Judas who betrayed Our Lord. Christ did not come to take the world by force, but instead to change men's hearts, those who would believe in the mercy and goodness of God. In a world where slavery was legal, it was good advice to instruct slaves to be submissive to their masters and so forth as described in the quote above. As you yourself have stated more than once, Christ taught us to turn the other cheek, and to return good for evil. This was good advice and I stand by it and for it. In much the same way, I never did support churches that sent money to South American and Central American countries to arm rebels. The Church is not about violent revolution. It is about changing men's hearts. I contributed money for food and other necessities for people who lived in countries where they were oppressed, or living under crue dictatorships, but not for guns. The Church's role is humanitarian, not military. That is not to say that I would not support the US's arming of oppressed rebels seeking to throw off the yoke of oppression, but it is simply not the Church's role, nor should it be, to do so.

    In advising slaves to get along with their masters, there was no approval of slavery as an institution, either tacit or implied. In is even stated elsewhere in the Bible that in Christ "there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." IOW, all are equal in Christ, no one is favored above another, and therefore, no one by any stretch of the imagination can say that the Church or Christ approved of slavery.
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    but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katz View Post
    Yes, and don't forget to leave out your Vatican. They had slaves too, remember...
    Naaawww!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by zengrifter View Post
    Naaawww!!
    It's difficult to understand what he is talking about. Institutions don't have slaves. If a Church leader had slaves back then, I could hardly care less, other than the fact that it was not becoming of a Christian to have a slave. The Church as an institution never promoted slavery. What individual people within the Church did is another thing. Personally I am glad that the Church is not filled with perfect people; I would not feel at home if it was.
    Aslan 11/1/90 - 6/15/10 Stormy 1/22/95 -8/23/10
    “There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church,
    but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.”
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