Pope: Church feels “burden of failure” over indigenous schools


SAINTE-ANNE-DE-BEAUPRE, Quebec – Pope Francis on Thursday said the Catholic Church felt « the burden of failure » for its role in running government-backed residential schools that tried to wipe out indigenous cultures and became places of abuse.

On the penultimate day of his week-long apology tour of Canada, Francis presided at a Mass at the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre outside Quebec City and spoke of « the burning questions that this pilgrim Church in Canada is asking. »

« In confronting the scandal of evil and the Body of Christ wounded in the flesh of our indigenous brothers and sisters, we too have experienced deep dismay; we too feel the burden of failure, » th…

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