Mr. Amos: As a parish priest in your riding (Chapeau/St. Joseph’s/Sheenboro) I am puzzled and offended by the Prime Minister’s recent statement that he would be asking Pope Francis to apologize for the Catholic Church’s involvement in the residential schools. Perhaps he is unaware that Pope Benedict XVI issued a formal apology in 2009? Or could it be that he does know this but just couldn’t pass up an opportunity to cast the Catholic Church in as poor a light as possible? That is one of the trumpeted ‘Quebec values’ the preached about during the election, isn’t it? The denigration of the Catholic Church and all institutions of faith? Right up there with the killing infants in the womb and old people in the beds? Fear not though sir. I will do my utmost to ensure that as many people as possible in our area are made aware of the fact that either our Prime Minister’s staff lacks the competence to appreciate that they are asking for something they have already received, or they are more concerned with insulting the Church to which we all belong and practice in.
In case you doubt that the Pope actually did apologize in 2009, I am including a link at the bottom of this message to a CTV news story of the event.
Fr. Tim Moyle, p.p.