Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

Canada’s slippery slope – assisted dying numbers surge

Thursday, May 11th, 2023

Before Canada legalised Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD) in 2016, Canadians understood it to be a rare and merciful end, when medicine had nothing left to offer. As Canadian law currently stands, only an adult with a grievous and irremediable medical condition can seek medical assistance in dying. But the numbers don’t fit with the Read more

Will future Canadians owe the disabled an apology for euthanasia?

Thursday, August 18th, 2022

Last month, Pope Francis came to Canada and expressed regret for the Roman Catholic Church’s part in running notoriously abusive residential schools for Indigenous children, which operated between 1880 and 1996. “I humbly beg forgiveness for the evil committed by so many Christians against the Indigenous peoples,” the pope said. Canada’s own government has previously Read more

Pope Francis not fully briefed prior to Canadian visit

Thursday, August 4th, 2022

Pope Francis’ six-day pastoral visit to Canada was a great success. It wasn’t until the news conference on the plane back to Rome that it became clear he wasn’t properly briefed for his visit. Francis, in Canada on what he called a penitential pilgrimage, apologized to the Indigenous peoples of the country for the Catholic Church’s Read more

Feathers fly over chief’s gift to Pope

Monday, August 1st, 2022
chief's gift

A chief’s gift of an eagle feather headdress to the pope during his penitential tour of Canada is shocking many commentators. They include indigenous peoples from across the world. One, Hemopereki Simon, is a research expert in indigenous politics and Te Tiriti. “I have survived the settler colonial education system and have come out on Read more

Everyone’s talking about the Doctrine of Discovery

Monday, August 1st, 2022
Doctrine of Discovery

The Doctrine of Discovery is making headlines, especially in Canada. Numerous individuals and groups want it gone. The Doctrine is a collection of papal teachings beginning in the 14th century. The teachings (called papal bulls) blessed explorers’ efforts to colonise and claim the lands of any people who were not Christian. The explorers would then Read more

Pope’s penitential pilgrimage signals a rethink of missionary legacy

Thursday, July 28th, 2022
chief's gift

Pope Francis’ trip to Canada to apologise for the horrors of church-run Indigenous residential schools marks a radical rethink of the Catholic Church’s missionary legacy, spurred on by the first pope from the Americas and the discovery of hundreds of probable graves at the school sites. Francis has said his weeklong visit, which begins Sunday, Read more

Cultural controversy surrounds papal apology

Thursday, July 28th, 2022

Pope Francis’ “penitential pilgrimage” to Canada began with an impassioned apology, setting the scene for the 6-day pilgrimage. The apology is only a first step towards reconciliation. The pilgrimage began Monday, July 25. The first act on the Canadian “penitential pilgrimage,” was the return of two pairs of children’s moccasins on 25 July. “I am Read more

Pope on penitential pilgrimage apologises for projects of cultural destruction

Tuesday, July 26th, 2022
cultural destruction

Pope Francis’ first act on his Canadian “penitential pilgrimage,” July 25, was the return of two pair of children’s moccasins. The shoes were not part of the Vatican Museums artefacts but were given to him when Canadian Indigenous visited Rome in March 2022 “The first step of my penitential pilgrimage among you is that of Read more

Pope arrives in Canada on penitential trip

Monday, July 25th, 2022

Pope Francis has arrived in Canada on what he calls a “penitential” trip. The Vatican says the trip’s theme is “walking together”. Francis hopes to reconcile with Canada’s indigenous people for the abuse indigenous children suffered at mostly church-run residential schools. Hundreds of possible grave sites have been found at the schools. Catholic missionaries are Read more

Who are the Aboriginals the pope will meet in Canada?

Thursday, July 21st, 2022
Aboriginal Canada

Pope Francis is scheduled to fly to Canada on Sunday for a weeklong visit to meet the country’s Aboriginal peoples who were victims of colonization and various types of abuse at Catholic-run residential schools. He has described the trip to North America as a “penitential pilgrimage”. But who exactly are these Indigenous people of Canada Read more