Dominicans on Social Justice

Vox Clamantis: "I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness..."  These were the words of John the Baptist when he preached repentance, justice, and the coming of the Messiah (Cf. Luke 3:7-14).  

 

The friars of PreachingFriars.org announce our upcoming project: Vox Clamantis: Dominican Voices on Social Justice in the Contemporary World.  In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Fray Antonio de Montesinos's epic sermon on the island of Hispaniola.

 

In December of 1511, the Dominican Friar Antonio de Montesinos made these words his own when he spoke boldly and proclaimed: "I am the voice of Christ, crying out in the desert of this island..."  Supported by his community of friars who had lived in solidarity with the natives, Fray Antonio preached a sermon on the island of Hispaniola decrying the cruel treatment of the natives by the Spanish conquistadors.  His words were the prologue to modern Catholic Social Doctrine.  They would be the beginning of the conversion of Bartolomé de las Casas, the father of modern Human Rights.  Present that day in the church when Montesinos preached, de las Casas was initially scandalized, as were the rest of his countrymen.  Nonetheless, after conversations with the Dominicans, de las Casas would later give up his slaves and property and become a Dominican friar.

 

Join the Preaching Friars as we commemorate this 500th anniversary with an in-depth look at the Catholic principles of social justice teaching and their application in the modern world.