In emotional service, Jesuits and Georgetown repent for slave trading

“We express our solemn contrition for our participation in slavery, and the benefit our institution received. We cannot hide from this truth, bury this truth, ignore this truth. Slavery remains the original evil in our republic, an evil that our university was complicit in.” – President, Georgetown University, John DeGioia
(CNN) There is wide gulf, Frederick Douglass wrote in 1845, between Christianity proper and the “slaveholding religion of this land.” One is “good, pure and holy,” the other corrupt and wicked, the “climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds.”

“We have men-stealers for ministers, women-whippers for missionaries and cradle-plunderers for church members,” Douglass wrote in “Life of an American Slave.”

For Douglass, as for other African-Americans, the sin of slavery was intolerable; the complicity of Christians unforgivable.

On both counts, the Jesuit order, one of the Catholic Church’s most powerful group of priests, (Pope Francis is a member) was guilty. In the United States and elsewhere, the Society of Jesus owned and sold slaves.

 

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UN Permanent Memorial to honour slavery victims for unveiling Wednesday

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UN Permanent MemorialThe United Nations Permanent Memorial to Honour Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is scheduled to be unveiled on United Nations ground in New York on March 25, 2015.

With the theme ‘Acknowledging the Tragedy; Considering the Legacy; Lest we forget’, the monument is being erected in an effort to acknowledge the tragedy of slavery, racial prejudice and the lingering consequences of the centuries-long enslavement of and trade in Africans supplied to the colonies of the Americas and beyond. It is expected be a striking feature of the United Nations Visitors Plaza outside the General Assembly Hall.

The Permanent Memorial is a reminder of the legacy of the slave trade. It will provide future generations with an understanding of the history and consequences of slavery and will serve as an educational tool to raise awareness about the current dangers of racism, prejudice and the lingering consequences that continue to impact the descendants of the victims today. It acknowledges one of the most horrific tragedies of modern history. It is a reminder of the heroic actions of the slaves, abolitionists and unsung heroes who acted in the face of grave danger and adversity. (more…)