Canada’s bishops want the Catholic Church to issue a new statement on the Doctrine of Discovery

Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press

Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 2:41 PM EDT

Last updated Wednesday, Jul 27, 2022 7:36 pm EDT

OTTAWA – Canada’s bishops are working with the Vatican in hopes of issuing a new Catholic Church statement on the Doctrine of Discovery, organizers of the papal meeting visit he said Wednesday.

Many indigenous leaders and residential school survivors hoped dad Francis would renounce politics, which stems from a series of edicts, known as papal bulls, dating back to the 15th century. Countries, including Canada, have used the doctrine to justify colonizing land considered uninhabited but actually home to indigenous peoples.

The pontiff did not directly mention the Doctrine of Discovery when he delivered his Sorry to residential school survivors in Maskwacis, Alta., on Monday, drawing criticism because it did not fully acknowledge the role the Catholic Church plays in the residential school system.

Laryssa Waler, spokeswoman for the Pope visitHe said Wednesday that the Vatican had previously said that papal bulls linked to the doctrine “have no legal or moral authority” within the church.

“However, we understand the desire to name these texts, acknowledge their impact, and relinquish the concepts associated with them,” he wrote in an email.

“Galvanized by calls from our indigenous partners and by comments from the Holy Father, Canada’s bishops are working with the Vatican and those who have studied this issue, with the aim of issuing a new church statement,” he added. “The bishops of Canada continue to reject and resist the ideas associated with the Doctrine of Discovery in the strongest possible way.”

He also referred to parts of the dad‘s Sorry which he said “directly condemned” policies linked to the Doctrine of Discovery. He said that included when he said that “many members of the church and religious communities cooperated, mostly through their indifference, in the projects of cultural destruction and forced assimilation promoted by the governments of the time, which culminated in the residential school system.”

Earlier, Crown Minister for Indigenous Relations Marc Miller said “gaps” in the pontiff’s policy Sorry It can’t be ignored.

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Miller highlighted how the dadThe words of, spoken before a crowd of survivors and others gathered near Edmonton, are deeply important to those who now absorb them.

“This is still an emotional moment,” he said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

The minister said that the Indigenous Peoples will decide for themselves what they think.

criticism of the Sorry they include that Francis did not mention sexual abuse in his comments, and mentioned “evil” committed by Christians, but not the Catholic Church as an institution.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) clearly called for a pope Sorry to be similar to 2010 Sorry the Vatican gave to victims in Ireland, Miller said.

The minister said that Sorry – delivered by dad Benedict XVI through a letter – referred directly to the sexual abuse suffered by Irish children and the role played by the Catholic Church.

“That’s a clear distinction between the two,” Miller said. “The discrepancies speak for themselves.”

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), which represents Northern First Nations, said in a statement that he was happy to see survivors receive a Sorrybut noted the failure to apologize for the sexual abuse.

“Apologizing and acknowledging the damage that has been caused is just one step of many that must happen. There is much more work to do.”

“It was a bit surprising that the Doctrine of Discovery was also not mentioned, but maybe that will be later,” MKO said in its statement.

Between SorryThe harshest critics of Murray Sinclair, who chaired the TRC.

Sinclair has said that dadThe words of left a “deep hole” in acknowledging the full role the Catholic Church played in running the residential schools by highlighting the actions of Christians, not the church as an institution.

Miller, who traveled to Alberta for the papal meeting visitsaid the government will seek more details about what dad Francis meant when, in his Sorryhe said a “serious investigation” into what happened at the residential schools would be needed.

The CVR, when drafting its final report, collected testimonies from more than 6,000 witnesses over six years.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 27, 2022.

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