Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans apologized for the Catholic Church's role in slavery Tuesday as he released a database of early records.
Aymond pointed out that the records for slaves do not use family names, stripping them of some of their humanity -- and also making 21st-century genealogical searches more difficult.
"I apologize in the name of the church because we allowed some of these things to continue. This is sinful. Racism is sinful," he said.