March 29, 2022, 12:11 am
STORY: Canada’s indigenous leaders say they’ve waited for this moment for years – even decades.
This is their first ever Vatican meeting with the Catholic pope.
Representatives from the Métis and Inuit nations met with Pope Francis on Monday.
They asked for unfettered access to Church records on residential schools and institutions – where more than 150,000 indigenous children were sent to be stripped of their culture and heritage.
Many were subjected to abuse, rape and malnutrition.
The President of the Métis National Council, Cassidy Caron, said Francis was attentive during the meeting but no apology for the church’s role in the schools took place.
“He listened and he nodded along when our survivors told their stories. You know, our survivors did an incredible job in that meeting of standing up and telling their truths.”
Some residential school survivors like Martha Greig say an apology is needed.
“A genuine heartfelt apology would be a first step to start wanting to start healing… But more so for my, my fellow former students and a lot of them have now passed away but it’s also their children that are affected as well. So it would mean more so important to them, to move on.”
Romanism is now regarded by Protestants with far greater favor than in former years. In those countries where Catholicism is not in the ascendancy, and the papists are taking a conciliatory course in order to gain influence, there is an increasing indifference concerning the doctrines that separate the reformed churches from the papal hierarchy; the opinion is gaining ground that, after all, we do not differ so widely upon vital points as has been supposed, and that a little concession on our part will bring us into a better understanding with Rome. The time was when Protestants placed a high value upon the liberty of conscience which had been so dearly purchased. They taught their children to abhor popery and held that to seek harmony with Rome would be disloyalty to God. But how widely different are the sentiments now expressed!
The defenders of the papacy declare that the church has been maligned, and the Protestant world are inclined to accept the statement. Many urge that it is unjust to judge the church of today by the abominations and absurdities that marked her reign during the centuries of ignorance and darkness. They excuse her horrible cruelty as the result of the barbarism of the times and plead that the influence of modern civilization has changed her sentiments.
Have these persons forgotten the claim of infallibility put forth for eight hundred years by this haughty power? So far from being relinquished, this claim was affirmed in the nineteenth century with greater positiveness than ever before. As Rome asserts that the “church never erred; nor will it, according to the Scriptures, ever err ” (John L. von Mosheim, Institutes of Ecclesiastical History, book 3, century II, part 2, chapter 2, section 9, note 17), how can she renounce the principles which governed her course in past ages?
The papal church will never relinquish her claim to infallibility. All that she has done in her persecution of those who reject her dogmas she holds to be right; and would she not repeat the same acts, should the opportunity be presented? Let the restraints now imposed by secular governments be removed and Rome be reinstated in her former power, and there would speedily be a revival of her tyranny and persecution. GC 563.1 – GC 564.2
Residential schools came to the public’s attention again last year with the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former site.
Hundreds more unmarked burial sites have been found since.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2015 called the practice of sending children to the institutions “cultural genocide.” The last residential school closed in 1996.
And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
CARON: “Untold numbers have left us without having their truths heard and their pain acknowledged. Without ever receiving the very basic humanity and healing they so rightfully deserved. That is nothing short of a travesty, both of justice and of conscience. And while the time for acknowledgement and apology and atonement is long overdue it is never too late to do the right thing.”
Caron said she was not disappointed with the lack of an apology on Monday – because the indigenous want him to do so in Canada.
Vatican sources say the pope will be likely making a trip this summer.
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