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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture,  July 25, 2022

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 CatholicCulture.org.


With reference to this news story, “Pope, in Canada, rues ‘disastrous error’ of residential schools”, let me offer just a few thoughts from the Champlain Valley, which was blessed by missionaries who gave their lives to bring the Faith to America’s indigenous peoples, as I wrap up a vacation at the end of this week.

First: It is always more grace-filled for the Church and her members to combat the evils “everybody” accepts now, in the present, than to apologize now for her past involvement in what “everybody” accepted then but abhors now. Do you see how this grace-filled approach reverses the normal ugly course of events? The Church will suffer far more in each “here and now”—and she will have to apologize far less when popular opinion changes later. …

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