An apology is just words.Posted: July 25, 2022
Pope Francis is in Canada this week to apologize to Indigenous peoples for abuses by missionaries at residential schools, a step in the Catholic Church’s efforts to reconcile with Native communities and help them heal from generations of trauma.
Is a person better than the worst thing they ever did? How about an institution? I think it depends on how bad the “worst” was, not on all the other “good” things you pile on the other end of the scale.
Oh, and this:
The Rev. Joannes Rivoire should be extradited from France, where he is avoiding a 1998 warrant for sex offenses committed committed while he “ministered” to Inuit communities. The priest has not had to answer for his crimes. Maybe the Pope could help Rivoire make this “pilgrimage.” An apology backed up with action.