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St. Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621)
Robert was a Jesuit priest and the chair of theology at the Roman College. While teaching, he wrote a number of great works, including several catechisms. He was St. Aloysius Gonzaga's spiritual director, and helped St. Francis de Sales. He went on to become a Provincial, and later a Cardinal.

Reflections from the Saints

Charity is that with which no man is lost, and without which no man is saved.
– St. Robert Bellarmine
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2414

The seventh commandment forbids acts or enterprises that for any reason – selfish or ideological, commercial, or totalitarian – lead to the enslavement of human beings, to their being bought, sold and exchanged like merchandise, in disregard for their personal dignity. It is a sin against the dignity of persons and their fundamental rights to reduce them by violence to their productive value or to a source of profit. St. Paul directed a Christian master to treat his Christian slave "no longer as a slave but more than a slave, as a beloved brother,... both in the flesh and in the Lord."