Can anyone give me a good reason as to why the Church tolerated, in America, her priests and bishops owning slaves?
Yes, I’m well aware that slavery was “officially” condemned by Rome, and I can also understand her “tolerating” this among lay people, meanwhile doing all she could to mitigate the plight of the slaves . . .
But what I can’t understand, for the life of me, is why on earth she would tolerate her own lergy owning slaves, and why Pius IX, for instance, was a supporter of the Confederacy.
What good is “condemning” something if you’re going to tolerate it anyway, even among your own clergy?