When NYT Says Pope Francis Apologizes to Indigenous People in Canada is it a Hit Piece?

When the Anti-Catholic New York Times (NYT) reported on Pope Francis’ apology to Indigenous people in Canada, the obvious visceral reaction was “here we go again.’  People often rewrite history for a number of reasons:  money, power, revenge, jealousy and so on.  Jussie Smollett trial comes to mind. ust earlier in the week, the NYT  published a hit piece on Joe Manchin, but failed to report on Nancy Pelosi, Diane Feinstein or Joe Biden for example.  Among other Anti-Catholic reports, the NYT ‘s Benedict Carey, praying is useless and may be hazardous to your health.  In an unprecedented gesture, Pope Francis visited the Russian embassy in Rome on Friday February 25, 2022 to express his concern over the war. According to the Associated Press, officials at the Vatican said they knew of no previous initiative by the pope to end a conflict in such a way. However,  Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin characterized the Pope’s move as an impressive  empty gesture

Aboriginal leader at the 13th Annual Canadian Aboriginal Festival.:  Commons Wikimedia – https://www.flickr.com/photos/45265950@N00/309157872

Pope Francis met earlier this week with Métis, Inuit and First Nations delegates, who shared stories of their residential school experiences and the effects that still ripple in their communities. Canadian governments and churches pursued a policy of “cultural genocide” against the country’s indigenous people according to seven years of hearings, and testimony from thousands of witnesses heard by the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  Our own reporting shows that Faucci-like progressive policies, corrupt tribal leaders have failed Native Americans and Alaska Natives

Consider that more lies have been aimed at destroying the Roman Catholic Church than any other institution in the world. So much that even most Catholics believe the lies they were taught in high school or have seen on T.V. and social media.  So, was the secular media reporting on Pope Francis apologizing to Canada’s indigenous people another hit piece against the Catholic Church? No, but as usual, the secular media selectively quoted Pope Francis: According to the NYT, ““I feel shame — sorrow and shame — for the role” that Catholics played “in the abuses you suffered and in the lack of respect shown for your identity, your culture and even your spiritual values.”  Francis said.” 

Given the NYT’s and the secular media’s coverage of the  Vatican, Saint Augustine words came to mind:  “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible. But The Vatican News had a similar apology: ” On Friday, Pope Francis met with all three indigenous delegations and had this to say: “For the deplorable conduct of those members of the Catholic Church, I ask for God’s forgiveness and I want to say to you with all my heart: I am very sorry.  And I join my brothers, the Canadian bishops, in asking your pardon.’.” And better yet, the Pope’s apology seems to have been welcomed: Métis National Council President Cassidy Caron told reporters “in Pope Francis’s statement today, I see that we were heard. I hear that we were heard,”  This week has truly shown that there is power in our stories and there is power in our truths.” While  Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, a national organization representing the Inuit in Canada, said the apology was long overdue and that he was touched by how the pope expressed his sorrow.

However, the secular media missed the rest of Pope Francis’ message as reported by the Vatican News:  “In his speech, the Pope touched on a number of topics which ranged from the elderly and future generations, to the care of the land, as well as culture and tradition. He also turned his attention to those good and decent believers who, in the name of the faith, and with respect, love and kindness, have enriched your history with the Gospel. …. I think with joy, for example, of the great veneration that many of you have for Saint Anne, the grandmother of Jesus.”

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