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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, June 08, 2021

 Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and See full bio.

It seems that an apology is demanded whenever some horrendous wrong is discovered to have been committed in the distant past by Catholic priests and religious, on the one hand, and/or agents of the State, on the other hand. By distant past, I mean a period of time far enough back that nobody in the present Church and/or government is responsible for it. Such is the case, for example, with the efforts of both State and Church to more or less forcibly assimilate native peoples in Canada, as brought to light once again through the alleged discovery of a mass grave of Native American children on the grounds of a former Catholic residential school, to which children were consigned by the Canadian government to be educated and formed as good Canadians. …

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