Tagged: residential schools

Remorse, Repatriation, Restitution

We live in an apology-averse, perhaps even a remorse-averse age. Even churchmen, when accused of severe wrongdoing, are as likely to spin, deny, or counteraccuse as they are to express repentance or seek atonement. That being the case, it is...

Remorse, Repatriation, Restitution

Pope Francis’s Pilgrimage to Canada

Today it was announced that Pope Francis intends to visit Canada, in response to an invitation from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). The statement from the Vatican reads as follows: The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has invited...

Pope Francis’s Pilgrimage to Canada

No, the Native graves weren’t good, actually

“And make no mistake, the residential schools were first and foremost Christian.” In this, Declan Leary, the author of a particularly discourse-driving article in the American Conservative, got it right. The Canadian residential schools run by the Catholic Church—which killed...

No, the Native graves weren’t good, actually

Repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery

A few days ago Religion News Service (RNS) ran an article by Jack Jenkins on Douglas Lucia, the Bishop of Syracuse, New York. Lucia has denounced something called the “doctrine of discovery,” and has called on the US bishops to...

Repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery

The Church Must Apologize to Canada’s First Nations

On May 27, the CBC reported that the bodies of 215 First Nations children had been discovered buried under the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia. The school was run by the Catholic religious order the Missionary Oblates...

The Church Must Apologize to Canada’s First Nations

Truth and Reconciliation

Nowadays, it is easy to be tempted to turn the page, to say that all these things happened long ago and we should look to the future. For God’s sake, no! We can never move forward without remembering the past;...

Truth and Reconciliation