Papal Condemnation of the Slave Trade
"...walking in the footsteps of Our Predecessors, We warn... that no one in the future
dare to vex anyone, despoil him of his possessions, reduce to servitude, or lend aid and
favour to those who give themselves up to these practices, or exercise that inhuman traffic
by which the Blacks, as if they were not men but rather animals, having been brought into
servitude, in no matter what way, are, without any distinction, in contempt of the rights
of justice and humanity, bought, sold, and devoted sometimes to the hardest labour. ... "
(Pope Gregory XVI, In Supremo Apostolatus "Condemning the Slave Trade", Dec. 3, 1839)