Justin Trudeau - It is not right to slander the Catholic Church

Justin Trudeau - It is not right to slander the Catholic Church

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Dear Prime Minister Trudeau:
 
I am deeply disappointed in the comments you made on nationwide television on Friday calling for the Catholic Church to release records on the Residential School system.  While I am equally outraged at the treatment of indigenous people at those schools, I do not believe that publicly blaming the Catholic Church is appropriate or wise.  In particular, your comments on Friday have resulted in severely biased coverage that is now airing on news channels like CP24 in Toronto.  Calls to tear down St. Michael's Cathedral and statements claiming that Catholicism is an "intrusive religion" are a form a hate speech that should not be acceptable and should not be promoted by our Prime Minister.  Good Catholics, priests and bishops should not have to face persecution because of your irresponsible words.
 
Instead of deflecting attention away from your government in relation to the Residential School system issue and the fact that past governments had themselves destroyed many records, your government should be engaged in the hard work of reconciliation as the Catholic Church has done over recent decades.  Deflecting media attention and outrage to the Catholic Church alone is political opportunism and does not reflect well on your office or on Canada.  Statements that suggest that there is a big coverup  by the Church are irresponsible, misleading, disingenuous and detract from the truth.
 
It is not appropriate to blame an entire religion or an entire church for the sins of some of its members.  If it were, then Islam should be publicly and forcefully condemned for the atrocities of ISIS.   There is no excuse for what happened at the Residential Schools.  Catholics should not have been involved in a government program to mistreat indigenous people and destroy their families.  It is a scandal upon all Catholics when some Catholics behave wickedly.  But we must remember that these grave sins are not the policy or the intent of the Church.  There was no Vatican policy or program to implement the Residential School system in Canada and therefore it is inappropriate to be asking the Pope to apologize when such a system was not sanctioned by the Catholic Church.  This is further evidence of your attempt to deflect attention away from the responsibility of the Canadian government by gaslighting and scapegoating.  While you may believe it will help you get re-elected, I think you'd be surprised just how many Canadians are not falling for it and how the plan will ultimately fail ... miserably.
 
Finally, I do not believe that it is appropriate for you to claim that you are a Catholic when your record clearly indicates rigid adherence to policies that are contrary to the Catholic faith.  You should not be setting an example for Catholics until your words, actions and policies better reflect what it means to be Catholic.
 

Sincerely,

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