Monday, 26 March 2007

Church 'needs to make amends' for slavery

A Church "partly shaped by slavery" still needs to make amends, says the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Amid the debate about how meaningful an apology is - when it's made by people several generations distant from the suffering and trauma inflicted - another question has loomed.

Should there be some form of physical reparation for the terrible trade in people in which Britain had a disproportionate share?

It comes as a bit of a surprise to some that an organisation as benign as the Church of England might have to consider such a question.

But its leader, the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, thinks it must. Read more

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