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Slavery, Catholicism and Lessons for Today

September 7 at 6:30 pm 8:00 pm CDT


Is it really true that people “didn’t know slavery was wrong back then?” Did the Catholic Church teach against slaveholding or for it? In this presentation, Fr. Chris Kellerman, SJ, will explain the basics of the Catholic Church’s historical involvement with slaveholding and the Atlantic slave trade, drawing lessons from this history for the life of the contemporary Church.

Christopher J. Kellerman, SJ

Christopher J. Kellerman, SJ, is a Jesuit priest and author of All Oppression Shall Cease: A History of Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Catholic Church. He serves as secretary of Justice and Ecology for the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States.

Part of the J.O.E. Educates series

This presentation is presented by the J.O.E. Educates, a sub-group of the St. Louis province’s Racial and Cultural Justice Committee.

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