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A Saint In The Slave Trade by Arnold Henry Moore Lunn
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Oct 07, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: saints, spiritual, biography, history-non-fiction
Read in October, 2009

My favorite saint stories are always of those working in the world. St. Peter Claver's charism was to love the slave, rather than rid the world of slavery, a task that went to other saints.

This book includes an interesting history of the Church's role in changing attitudes on slavery. Not surprisingly it was the Church above all others who convinced cultures of the equality and humanity of all races (this is a different tack than simply outlawing the slave trade--and one that would prove more successful in the long run). Took place at a time in history when many public sinners (slave traders) could be denied absolution and be convinced of the need to confess and return to the Church. Not so for today (abortionists and pro-abortion politicians are nothing more than slave traders with an M.D.).
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