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‘Shameful and Horrific Sin’: Church Of England Apologises Over Role In Slave Trade

Apologizing for its historical involvement in the transatlantic slave trade in the 18th century, the Church of England called it a “shameful and awful sin.”

The church’s involvement in the slave trade caused “grave dismay,” according to commissioners, including Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who looked into their history and activities on Wednesday.

Welby reportedly made this announcement yesterday at Canterbury Cathedral in southeast England’s Sunday Choral Eucharist.

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It was stated that although this was not the first time the church, led by King Charles, had offered apologies for its part, this new expression of remorse coincided with the church’s commitment of £100 million in financing for research.


It was stated that this will be implemented until 2032. It is intended that the financing will start new investigations into the church’s ties to slavery and have a good influence on areas where slavery had a significant impact.

“I am deeply sorry for these links,” Welby said. “It is now time to take action to address our shameful past.”

“Only by obeying the command in 1 John 1:6-7 and addressing our past transparently can we take the path that Jesus Christ calls us to walk and face our present and future with integrity.

“It is hard to do this at a time when resources in many parishes are so stretched, but by acting rightly we open ourselves to the blessing of God.”

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The church and the Bank of England both expressed regret in 2020 and referred to the previous ties as a “source of embarrassment.”

In an effort to make up for the loss of their free labor, the parliament decided to pay compensation to slave owners in 1822.


After labor was lost at its Codrington facility in Barbados, the church got about £8,823, which is equal to more than £832,000 today.

“It is important for the Church Commissioners to understand and be transparent about our past so we can best support the mission and ministry of the Church of England, today and in the future,” said the Right Reverend Dr. David Walker, Bishop of Manchester and Deputy Chair of the Church Commissioners.



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