Trudeau "disappointed" Catholic Church refuses to release residential school records


Trudeau "disappointed" Catholic Church refuses to release residential school records

"When I went to the Vatican a number of years ago I directly asked His Holiness, Pope Francis, to move forward on apologising, on asking for forgiveness, on restitution, on making these records available, and we're still seeing resistance from the church, possibly from the church in Canada".

The band announced last week that the remains of the children, some of whom were young as three, were found using the services of a ground-penetrating radar specialist.

"We urge the authorities to conduct full-fledged investigations into the circumstances and responsibilities surrounding these deaths, including forensic examinations of the remains found, and to proceed to the identification and registration of the missing children", the United Nations said in a statement.

The Kamloops Indian Residential School was Canada's largest such facility and was operated by the Roman Catholic Church between 1890 and 1969. Many suffered abuse and even death.

"With my resignation, I would like to make clear that I am willing to personally bear responsibility not only for any mistakes I might have made but for the Church as an institution which I have helped to shape and mould over the past decades". "And be there to help in the grieving and the healing including with records that is necessary".

The discovery in Kamloops has sparked national outrage and grief, and has led to mounting calls for the federal government and church to investigate more potential school burial sites.

A papal apology was one of the 94 recommendations made by a government-established Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and Trudeau asked the pope to consider such a gesture during his visit to the Vatican in 2017.

Trudeau "disappointed" Catholic Church refuses to release residential school records

"The Catholic community in Canada has a decentralized structure".

Remains of 215 children were found at Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia last month.

"We do want an apology" from the Catholic Church, Casimir said.

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 Conference said on its website that each diocese is separate and responsible for its own actions.

"Already in 1991, Canadian Catholic Bishops and leaders of men and women religious communities had issued a statement that "We are sorry and deeply regret the pain, suffering and alienation that so many experienced" at the Residential Schools".

Investigations and reports had "consistently shown there have been many personal failures and administrative mistakes but also institutional or "systemic" failure", added Marx, who was president of the German Bishops' Conference from 2012 to 2020.

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