Justin Trudeau blasts Catholic Church for ignoring role in indigenous schools

  • Justin Trudeau blasts Catholic Church for ignoring role in indigenous schools

Justin Trudeau blasts Catholic Church for ignoring role in indigenous schools

He noted that he personally asked the Pope in 2017 to consider an apology for the institution's part in the government-sponsored, church-run schools for Indigenous children that operated for more than 120 years.

Trudeau's comments came at a press conference on June 4, after he was asked why the federal government had not increased pressure on the Church to release the documents.

The head of the Catholic Church in Germany, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, has offered his resignation from his position as Archbishop to the Pope, saying he had to share responsibility for the "catastrophe" of sexual abuse by clerics over past decades. The Canadian government has admitted that physical and sexual abuse was rampant in the schools, with students beaten for speaking their native languages.

"It's something the United Church and others have done".

"As we ring our bells, perhaps as many as 215 times in honour of each child, we do so with our advocacy and prayers for truth, justice, healing and reconciliation", said the Church of the Epiphany on its Facebook page. "It's something we are still waiting for the Catholic Church to do".

Former Pope Benedict met with a group of former students and victims in 2009 and told them of his "personal anguish" over their suffering, a meeting that was termed an expression of sadness and solidarity.

Archbishop Richard Gagnon, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in a statement Monday the news of the recent discovery is "shocking".

The discovery this week of the remains of the children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, which closed in 1978, has reopened old wounds and is fueling outrage about a persistent lack of information and accountability.

So far none has been excavated. "A public apology. Not just for us, but for the world".

From 1893 to 1969, a Catholic congregation called the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate ran the Kamloops school, which was once Canada's largest.

Sudbury churches are planning a commemoration this afternoon to honour children who lost their lives in Canada's residential school system.

The national assembly of bishops in Canada is distancing the Catholic Church as a whole from the residential school system in Canada.

Nelson Wiseman, a political science professor at the University of Toronto, said that in his rebuke, Trudeau didn't point out that residential schools were created and funded by the government. Almost three-quarters of the 130 schools were run by Catholic missionary congregations.

The UN called on the Vatican to help investigate a mass grave found at a Catholic school for Indigenous children in Canada.