(June 10, 2021) The news that the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation had located the undocumented remains of 215 children on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School run by the Catholic Church broke late on Thursday, May 27. The news spread across the world like wildfire. And since then, the Roman Catholic Church has come under intense criticism for their continued refusal to apologize and account for their role in running close to three quarters of Canada’s residential schools.
The Reverend Michael Coren is a columnist, broadcaster, and an ordained cleric in the Anglican Church of Canada. His 18th book will be released this fall. He wrote about the grim findings in Kamloops for iPolitics on May 28. We talk to him today about how religious leaders in the Catholic church can square their current refusal to confess and atone for their actions with the tenets of the church and the teachings of Jesus Christ.
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Episode 1: Interview with David Love April 30, 2021
Episode 2: Interview with Katherena Vermette May 10, 2021