From our Papa Che Bureau with some assistance from our Bureau of Highly Selective Indignation by Vicars of Christ
Only a few days after he praised the totalitarian dictatorship of Cuba as a “symbol” with a “great history” and boasted about his “human relationship” with murderous dictator Raul Castro, Papa Che has expressed deep sorrow for the human rights abuses endured by Canada’s indigenous people.
His apology — in and of itself — is solidly anchored in the ethical teachings of the Catholic Church. Horrible things occurred in some Canadian Catholic schools for indigenous children. Yes, they deserve an apology. This “mea maxima culpa” pilgrimage of Papa Che will undoubtedly strike the right cord among many of Canada’s native peoples. Bravo!
But . . . but. . . but. . .but. . . there is no denying that this apology rings hollow and smacks of hypocrisy. The cruelty of the Castro brothers has far surpassed that of the abusive clergy of the Canadian Catholic Church. Yet, to this day, in his nine years as Vicar of Christ, Papa Che has yet to condemn Cuba’s rulers for the horrors they have inflicted on the Cuban people. Instead, he has showered them with effusive affection, and, worse yet, he has bragged about that affection and condescendingly dismissed all those who might find it offensive as cantankerous oafs.
Read these snippets from Papa Che’s apology (below). Meditate on how much of what he says can also apply to post-1958 Cuba. Simply substitute “Cuban people” for “indigenous peoples” and “Communists” for “Christians” and “totalitarian mentality” for “colonizing mentality.”
Yet, yet, yet.. . .(one can’t help but stutter in the face of such blatant hypocrisy) . . . yet, yet, yet . . The only comments Papa Che has ever made about Cuba there has never been even a hint of outrage or even a slight condemnation of all of the crimes committed by Castro, Inc. and its many minions.
His selective outrage reveals the magnitude of his willful blindness and his love for leftist dictatorships. And the worst part of it all is that while he ignores the suffering of the Cuban people, he claims to love them deeply. Spend some time meditating on the last paragraph below. Would Papa Che ever consider genuine freedom to be the “deepest expectations of Cuban hearts”? Not likely.
Meditate on the photo above. Then meditate on the photo below. Would Papa Che ever kiss the hand of a Cuban tortured by the Castro regime? Not likely.
From CTV News: (Full text HERE)
“With shame and unambiguously, I humbly beg forgiveness for the evil committed by so many Christians against the indigenous peoples” . . .
“I am here because the first step of my penitential pilgrimage among you is that of again asking forgiveness, of telling you once more that I am deeply sorry . . .
“Sorry for the ways in which, regrettably, many Christians supported the colonizing mentality of the powers that oppressed the indigenous peoples. I am sorry,” he said. “In the face of this deplorable evil, the Church kneels before God and implores his forgiveness for the sins of her children”. . .
Again, I think back on the stories you told: how the policies of assimilation ended up systematically marginalizing the Indigenous peoples; how also through the system of residential schools your languages and cultures were denigrated and suppressed; how children suffered physical, verbal, psychological and spiritual abuse; how they were taken away from their homes at a young age, and how that indelibly affected relationships between parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren.. . .
Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and in my prayer. Know that I am aware of the sufferings and traumas, the difficulties and challenges, experienced by the indigenous peoples in every region of this country. The words that I speak throughout this penitential journey are meant for every native community and person. I embrace all of you with affection.
Our own efforts are not enough to achieve healing and reconciliation: we need God’s grace. We need the quiet and powerful wisdom of the Spirit, the tender love of the Comforter. May He bring to fulfilment the deepest expectations of our hearts. May he guide our steps and enable us to advance together on our journey