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BARTOLOMÉ DE LAS CASAS
What is the source of a cultural regard for human rights? What informs the Church's teaching concerning the dignity of the human person? What is the appropriate rapport between the missionary activities of the Church and global cultures? The sixteenth-century Dominican friar Bartolomé de las Casas represents how the Church has engaged the culture as the advocate for the least among us and provided a social theory that accepts as foundational the inherent dignity of the human person.