Jones accuses the Pope of engaging in “disingenuous” public relations and actions lacking “truth and integrity” in his meeting with Canada’s aboriginal leaders in regard to abuse at residential schools. First Nations leaders who were at the meeting disagree.
Assembly of First Nations Chief Phil Fontaine said, “We are very pleased with what we heard from His Holiness. We were hoping for a significant statement on the role of the Catholic Church and the residential school experience. We received that.”
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B. C. Indian Chiefs, said, “This expression of sorrow and regret on the part of Pope Benedict is, in a very significant way, going to contribute to the ongoing healing and reconciliation of our people.”
I think Mr. Jones should apologize.
Jason Gennaro Aurora, Ont