Pope says hearing pain of Indigenous residential school survivors in Canada felt like "slaps"

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Pope Francis said on Wednesday that he felt the pain of survivors of Canada’s residential school system like “slaps” and that the Catholic Church has to face up to its responsibility for institutions that abused children and tried to erase Indigenous cultures.

“I assure you that in these meetings, especially the last one, I had to feel the pain of these people, like slaps, how they lost (so much), how the elderly lost their children and did not know where they ended up, because of this policy of assimilation,” he said in unscripted comments.

The Pope dedicated his talk at his weekly general audience to his trip last week to Canada, where he apologized several times for the church’s role in the government-sanctioned schools, which operated between 1870 and 1996.

More than 150,000 indigenous children were separated from their families and brought to residential schools. Catholic religious orders ran most of the schools under successive Canadian governments’ policy of assimilation.

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Clot McShot August 3, 2022 - 11:50 PM

The Bible specifically says not to have Religious Teachers for a good reason.

Matthew 23:8–12 —
8 “Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters. 9 And don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father,’ for only God in heaven is your Father. 10 And don’t let anyone call you ‘Teacher,’ for you have only one teacher, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you must be a servant. 12 But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

Ecclesiastes 7:20

For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

Romans 3:23–

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Sean Higgins August 3, 2022 - 11:51 PM

Pope Francis of the Blessed Vaccination. Praise be to God. 😇🙏

F V August 3, 2022 - 11:53 PM

I know FN want something more concrete, but we have to acknowledge that this is a pivotal step forward.

《Freedom》 August 3, 2022 - 11:59 PM

Alex Jones apology was more legit…

《Freedom》 August 3, 2022 - 11:59 PM

The False Prophet returns .
No graves , no bodies ….