Robert Barron | – Pivotal Players: Bartolomé de las Casas Trailer

Friends, Bartolomé de las Casas is one of the most powerfully prophetic figures in the history of the Catholic Church. A witness to the terrible destruction of the indigenous peoples of the newly discovered Americas, he became a thorn in the side of the complacent, passionately advocating for human dignity and courageously speaking out against injustice.

Las Casas anticipated modern social and political movements by hundreds of years, and vividly reminds us today that a commitment to justice is an essential dimension of Christian discipleship.

In my new feature-length film “Bartolomé de las Casas: The Activist,” discover why Las Casas is a “Pivotal Player” in the Catholic Church.

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Bishop Robert Barron These are brief and insightful commentaries on faith and culture by Catholic theologian and author Bishop Robert Barron. The videos complement his weekly sermons posted and podcasted at

Comment (14)

  1. Everyone belongs to an ethnic group or some ethnic groups which were at some point of history, subjected to cruelty and barbarity, there is simply no ethnic group who never had a dark history put upon them. We don't dwell in sin and darkness, we come into the light.

  2. The only issue I have with Las Casas, I am a Dominican wannabe, is that it is almost sure that he exaggerated. It was warranted to a degree sure but it caused major implications for Spain and Catholicism, Black Legend, which has damaged the Church to this day. Love what he did however. Him and de Vitoria.

  3. Very excited for this one. I hope it covers why his cry for justice wasn't completely transformative for the Church and why successive generations of Spanish clergy did not take up the same cause or worse perpetuated some of the evils he spoke against. We need to understand how prophets are heard in their time, and look to what prophetic cries we as the Church today find too difficult to hear.

  4. Bartolomé de las Casas was a fraud and a liar. I had a book (don't know where I put it and can't remember the name; it was by a French author) where the author, a historian, exposed de las Casas as someone driven by an ideology. The indigenous were not badly treated, and the rare occasions when they were mistreated, Queen Isabel punished the people in question.

  5. God, this hurts so much. Anti-spanish black legend all over again. De las Casas was a fraud, and did indeed do some good but was ultimately wrong. Spain has been the most benevolent and fair country towards the people's it has conquered. Read Charles F. Lummis or Robert Goodwin. Not you too, B.B.