Halifax archbishop keen to push for papal apology for residential colleges | CBC Information

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The pinnacle of the Roman Catholic Church in Halifax says he is keen to work with different church leaders throughout the nation to ask the Pope to apologize to survivors of residential colleges.

Archbishop Brian Dunn says these discussions are already underway, and Pope Francis’s response was to ask bishops and archbishops to work with their native Indigenous communities first to make sure there’s a willingness to just accept an apology.

“To work with Pope Francis to get an apology, I would definitely be on board with that,” stated Dunn.

Two weeks in the past, what are believed to be the unmarked burial websites of youngsters’s stays had been discovered on the website of a former residential college in Kamloops, B.C. Preliminary findings recommend the positioning might include the stays of 215 youngsters, in accordance to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation.

Since then, stress has mounted for an official apology from the Pope, who has referred to as for therapeutic, however stopped wanting apologizing.

A plaque at a Halifax park commemorating Pope John Paul II’s go to in 1984 was lately spray-painted with the quantity 215 and became a makeshift memorial.

Halifax Regional Police say they’re investigating the incident, which got here to their consideration Friday. The municipality stated the graffiti was eliminated Friday afternoon.

A plaque on the Halifax Frequent commemorating Pope John Paul II’s go to in 1984 was spray-painted with ‘215,’ a reference to the latest discovery close to the previous Kamloops Indian Residential Faculty in British Columbia. (Steve Lawrence/CBC)

Not like the Anglican Church or United Church in Canada, the Roman Catholic Church doesn’t have one chief representing the establishment within the nation. Moderately, there are 80 dioceses, every with its personal chief. 

Dunn stated the Canadian Catholic Convention of Bishops will talk about the matter of a papal apology on the subsequent convention.

He identified that Pope John Paul II made a particular go to to Canada in 1987 to satisfy with Indigenous leaders and make a speech affirming the suitable to self-government, a land base and enough sources to develop a viable financial system.

His successor, Pope Benedict, expressed sorrow for the struggling of residential college college students in a 2009 assertion, Dunn stated.

“Possibly it is not an apology in the identical sense as folks would anticipate, however we hope that Pope Francis would transfer in that path,” Dunn stated.

In 2018, Dunn, who was then bishop of the diocese of Antigonish, and his predecessor, Archbishop Anthony Mancini, personally apologized for the church’s conduct on the Shubenacadie Residential Faculty in Nova Scotia.

The Shubenacadie Residential Faculty operated from 1929 to 1967 in Shubenacadie, N.S., about 45 minutes northeast of Halifax. (CBC)

Dunn apologized once more for the “hurt, violence and abuse” at residential colleges throughout a mass on Sunday at Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica in downtown Halifax.

“Folks want to listen to, I assume, again and again that we’re actually sorry and that we need to categorical an actual want to be in solidarity with the folks and particularly to present any form of help we will,” he informed CBC Information in an interview Friday.

Requested whether or not he could be keen to fund reconciliation tasks, Dunn stated, “We might have to speak about that and see what it means for each side.”

The Shubenacadie Residential Faculty was managed by the Archdiocese of Halifax and Yarmouth and employees of the Sisters of Charity. Dunn stated any information pertaining to the college got to the Division of Northern and Indian Affairs in 2008 and once more to the Fact and Reconciliation Fee.

Dunn stated he had deliberate to satisfy with Mi’kmaw leaders to grasp how the church can help them, however the assembly bought cancelled when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

He stated he hopes that assembly will happen as quickly doable, doubtless this fall. Dunn stated he additionally goals to go to all of the First Nations reserves within the diocese.


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