Lessons from the Canadian TRC: Reconciling with God?

canada trcAs part of my ongoing research, I’ve been reading the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which is concerned with the abuse of Aboriginal people in residential schools. Most of those schools were church-run and the … Read more...

Defining Reconciliation: The Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission – Lessons for the Irish Churches?

canada trcLast month, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada published its final report. It focuses on the abuse of First Nations children in residential schools – which were operated by the churches in concert with the Government. I intend to … Read more...

The Canadian TRC: Convincing the Nation of the Need for Reconciliation?

canada trcThe latest newsletter of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s University Belfast features an analysis of the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which just last month released its report. It’s written by Christina … Read more...

Will Northern Ireland Institutional Abuse Inquiry Include Redress for Victims?

kathy-dalyThis week, Northern Ireland’s institutional abuse inquiry examines one of the most notorious abusers, Fr Brendan Smyth. Reports yesterday included evidence that he told a doctor in 1994:

“Over the years of religious life, it could be that I’ve sexually

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Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls for Apology from the Pope

canada trcEarlier this week, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada issued its final report on abuse in First Nations/Indian residential schools. It is a document running more than 360 pages, based on six years of testimony from almost 7,000 witnesses. … Read more...