Whenever, in the news, we learn of the Church’s resistance to apologize for its role in residential schools, these words from the Gospel come to my mind:
Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5, 23-24).
Some key reasons behind the Church’s resistance to apologize were highlighted by Fr. Shano with great insight, in an igNation post on June 21st, 2021: