Canada Wants More Than An Apology for Catholic Church’s Alleged Abuse

Canada Wants More Than an Apology for Catholic Church's Alleged Abuse

Canadian Leader DEMANDS More Than An Apology From Pope Francis – “Do More” 

(ReliableNews.org) – From the 19th century up until the 1970s, more than 150,000 Native children in Canada were ripped away from their parents and put into residential schools run by the Catholic Church. Authorities have found thousands of graves at the assimilation institutions in recent years. Although Pope Francis has apologized, the Canadian prime minister is demanding more.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Pope Francis on Wednesday, July 27, in Quebec. The leader told the pontiff that the Church needs to do more to atone for its sins than just apologize. He didn’t explain what exactly he believes that would entail but did say the visit to Canada had an “enormous impact on survivors.”

The pope apologized for the horrible school system the Monday before the meeting. However, he didn’t take full accountability for the atrocities that allegedly occurred or the church’s role in them. According to Fox News, he claimed that while “local Catholic institutions” played a part, “governmental authorities at the time” promoted the facilities.

Canada has paid reparations to the 90,000 survivors of the schools totaling billions of dollars. The Catholic Church forked over $50 million and committed to paying another $30 million over the next five years.

Victims say they suffered sexual and physical assault while attending residential schools. They were beaten if they spoke their native language. Authorities have reported that many of the deaths at the institutions stemmed from neglect and abuse.

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