Thursday, May 24, 2007

Two Hundred Twentieth Pope: Paul III - 0 comments

Paul III defended the rights of Native Americans against the conquistadores and explorers. In 1537 he issued the Sublimus Dei, a papal bull stating that the native peoples of the Americas were in fact human, were capable of rational thought, had souls, and must not be enslaved. Paul condemned slavery, and declared that any people at all - recently discovered or still shrouded in the mists of geography - must never be enslaved.


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