the early church “tolarated slavery”
as in told slaves to obey their masters, but this was not an endorsement of slavery, but an appeal to Christian slaves to honor their masters and accept their suffering for Christ’s sake
the medieval church said :
We grant you [Kings of Spain and Portugal] by these present documents, with our Apostolic Authority, full and free permission to invade, search out, capture, and subjugate the Saracens and pagans and any other unbelievers and enemies of Christwherever they may be, as well as their kingdoms, duchies, counties, principalities, and other property […] and to reduce their persons into perpetual servitude.
this why encomiendas existed also the atlantic slave trade
No Papal condemnation of Transatlantic slave trade was made at the time. La Casas in 1547 declared that the Spanish never waged a just war against the Indians since they did not have a just cause for doing so.(going back to just war is subjetive)
but the protestans also had slaves , so hypocrite hypocrite , eve though some groups where anti slavery.
and well the church had debates over this , but Capuchin missionaries were excommunicated for calling for the emancipation of black slaves in the Americas…
so the early church was not pro slavery
while the medieval and later the early modern peroid church where advocates of slavery.
another example the fathers would never this:
example here benedict the IX , who didnt really care for the church and just wanted to get money and the cardinals had to get rid of him via bribes, so yeah benedic sold the papacy , but a month later benedict wanted to be pope again so he marched an army ala cesar and declared himself pope again , but then he wanted to get married so he left and gregory became pope .
but it was not over
it seems like beating dead horses was benedicts hobby aside from massive corruption, and he wanted to be pope again.
the Holy roman emperor had to fix this , a new pope was instaled but the HR emperor had enough of his anticis and excomunicated him.
so the protestant would say the early church would never allow these scandals to occur.
and would have never allowed Boniface the VIII , to arrest celestine , where boniface was murdered or died in prison eitherway you slice it boniface sentenced celestine to death.
then we have things like Urban VI began to looking his opponets like a facist.the borgia etc
and you can go on and on and say the early church would not have allowed these things
and i kinda agree here since the church not being part of a wealthy kingdom and have a large political base would not have allowed the papacy to you know did the things it did .
but if you put the early church in situation similar to the middle ages , iam not garanteed that the church would not abuse its political power.