The Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon regrets that Pope Frances will not be coming to Canada to apologize for the Catholic Church’s involvement in the residential school system.
Bishop Mark Hagemoen expresses his solidarity with all those who are disappointed.
A letter to the Indigenous Peoples in Canada from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops states that the Pope takes the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission seriously, but he isn’t able to personally respond to a visit to Canada at this time.
A Call to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission requested the Pope to come to Canada to issue an apology for the Church’s role in spiritual, cultural, emotional, physical and sexual abuse of First Nations, Inuit and Metis children in Catholic-run residential schools.
Bishop Hagemoen remains hopeful that this Call to Action may still happen in the future.