Wednesday, 29 April 2009

No-fault regrets profferred by Pope

Isn't that just so special? The Church Lady would have been quite pleased at Pope Benedict's performance at a private meeting held in the Vatican between the pontiff, Catholic clergy, Phil Fontaine and delegates from the assembly of First Nations.
Mr. Fontaine said the fact the Pope never used the word "apology" during the 20-minute meeting, which also included the Most Reverend James Weisgerber, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, and several B.C. aboriginal leaders, did not diminish in anyway the impact of the statement.
It would seem that the words "sorry", "asking forgiveness", "taking responsibility" or "pedophile priests" were also part of the vocabulary not ever used by the Pope, either in the private audience or in the public statement that the Vatican released. Chief Fontaine offered forgiveness, though the Catholic Church has never allowed individual priests to publicly acknowledge their crimes against the Aboriginal children who were entrusted to them. Some First Nations leaders took exception to the Pope's statement.
... Hereditary Chief Bill Wilson said Wednesday he was angry the Pope did not take direct responsibility for the harm caused by the residential schools experience. "There is no apology," Mr. Wilson said from Musgamagw Band in northern Vancouver Island. "He says he has great sorrow. Well, it's one thing to have sorrow for tragedies that happened in the world. It's quite another thing to accept responsibility for causing them. And the Catholic Church caused a great deal of misery and suffering in this country. And it's not apologizing for anybody."
One has to wonder if the pontiff was expertly coached by civil law specialists in order to ensure that no utterance could be viewed as an admission of guilt and thus be actionable.


Chrystal Ocean said...

What scum! How many more times are aboriginals to bend over and taketh what the white man giveth?

fern hill said...

Totally agree, Chrystal. The RC church ran three-quarters of the residential schools. Long after the other denominations fessed up and actually apologized, His Poopiness expresses 'sorrow'? As I recall, he also expressed 'sorrow' over the US pedophile priests.

Fuck your sorrow, Ratso. And fuck your child-abusing priests too.

RevDave said...

How can the church accept Fontaine's offer of forgiveness if it refuses to acknowledge that it was responsible for any wrongs?

fern hill said...

Good question, RevDave.

We await further developments.

Beijing York said...

Sorrow is not an apology. F*ck you Rat Pope.

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