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Standout: Urge Pope Francis to Apologize for Deaths and Abuse of Indigenous Children in Residential Schools in U.S. and Canada
Wed July 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Wednesday, July 14, 4-5 PM (Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Feast Day)
Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington St., Boston
In the US and Canada for more than a century, Indigenous children were routinely taken from their families and forced to attend residential schools to “civilize” and “Christianize” them. The children were routinely abused and were not allowed to speak their languages or carry out their cultural and religious practices. Thousands died. The residential schools were a deliberate form of genocide, erasure and elimination of the peoples who had lived on the land for time immemorial. Recently, mass graves of the children have been found at residential schools in Canada, and hundreds of school sites there and in the US will be searched in an attempt to find all the children’s remains.
The Catholic Church ran many of these schools – 70% of them in Canada alone – and needs to make a full apology with reparations to survivors and families for the neglect, abuse and attempted erasure of Indigenous cultures. Remains of children must be identified and returned to families, all records made available, and nuns and priests involved in abuse must be brought to justice.
We ask Cardinal Sean O’Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston to follow the lead of Syracuse Bishop Douglas J. Lucia and urge Pope Francis to apologize, rescind the Doctrine of Discovery, and take other meaningful steps to repair and reconcile the shattered relationship of the Catholic Church with Indigenous peoples.
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