My Take: By Michael Boriero

By Michael Boriero
My Take: By Michael Boriero

The format of a My Take is 150 words – no more, no less – to express an opinion on a different topic each week. This week’s topic was the Pope’s visit.

As the Pope makes his way across Canada, apologizing for the role the church had in residential schools along the way, I wonder how much this will resonate with survivors.
From what I understand, despite many calling it a “historic apology,” the Pope has yet to acknowledge the full extent of the church’s role in the genocide of Indigenous peoples.
And at this point, haven’t we heard enough apologies? It’s always words, and never any meaningful action to address the atrocities committed by the church in Canada.
We talk about reconciliation, a buzz word thrown around for years, but that’s all it really is, right? A word used to make Canadians feel better about themselves. A quick solution.
I’m getting tired of reading about how these moments are a “first step” towards achieving reconciliation. We already know that the church is “sorry,” so now what?

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