If You Have Nothing To Hide

Yes that is the headline that caught my attention.
And before I even read the article my first thought was why?
Why are you refusing to release documents that are to prove that the Catholic Church has paid reparations?
Why are you refusing to release the documents over the trial you presided on which ultimately lead to the Catholic Church being released from their responsibility?
Add this to the fact that despite there being more bodies found there is nothing of this in the news.
No headlines.
No stories.
What?
After the first outrage now Canadians are going back to silence?
We cannot.
I am of the opinion that if asked a question and you either avoid answering or find some way to deflect you are hiding something.
You know all those memes about overthinkers?
The ones where it says do not lie because overthinkers will gnaw away, they will listen and they will hear.
We always find out.
Lies are hard to maintain.
Ask anyone trying to keep up a fabrication.
There will be little slips here and there.
Little inconsistencies.
Which all add up and truth will out.
overthink
That is my feeling here.
When you read the article there is a lot of legalese of why the documents are not being released.
And they are right.
They have the legal right.
Morally?
I guess it depends on who you ask.
I figure the Catholic Church is all for his tight grip on those papers.
For a little longer they can maintain the facade of care and love they profess to be the underpinnings of the faith.
One day though this judge and the church are going to have to face the truth.
Public opinion is going to get a lot uglier.
And the fallout is one that is going to be felt in all areas of Canadian government and Church that have so actively fought to keep key documents and records from the people who deserve to have custody of them.
The Indigenous of Canada.
They are the true guardians.
The true keepers of the keys.
©August 4/21
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No Blessings For Them

Blessed be the child stolen…..
blessed be the child beaten…..
blessed be the child raped…..
blessed be the child murdered…..
muttered prayers
words spoken
revoked
said you did
true thoughts
yours alone
or
symbolic of further hatred…..
966 bodies found.
In total in the last month on two separate residential school grounds.
In two separate provinces.
And this is the beginning.
Children.
I cannot even fathom how depraved and indifferent a person has to be to perpetrate crimes on this scale never mind that this was condoned.
By organized religion.
The catholic faith is not the only one  to be running those schools protestants did too; we just are not hearing from that circle quite yet.
Seems to me an inordinate amount of pedophiles and abusers found their way into the priest and nun life.
I realize as I am writing that I have yet to provide a description of Residential Schools.
Residential schools were government-sponsored religious schools that were established to assimilate Indigenous children into Euro-Canadian culture. Although the first residential facilities were established in New France, the term usually refers to schools established after 1880. Residential schools were created by Christian churches and the Canadian government as an attempt to both educate and convert Indigenous youth and to assimilate them into Canadian society.
New France=Quebec
They were to convert and assimilate Indigenous youth.
Assimilate?
At first I was a little confused because truthfully the Indigenous were not the ones who should have been converting and assimilating; they were here first.
Europeans came second.
They should have been the one to make the changes.
But those men had one thing going for them in their superiority; they were white and had god on their side.
A little like slave owners who used the bible to justify their right to own human beings.
Cultural assimilation is what they were going for.
Cultural assimilation is the process by which a person or a group’s language and/or culture come to resemble those of another group.  Full assimilation occurs when new members of a society become indistinguishable from members of the other group.
There is a horror building that this country is going to have to account for.
We are going to have to sit and hear.
Not listen.
Actually hear what is being said.
We are going to have to face the atrocities.
We are going to have to take responsibility.
We are going to have to move forward stronger and together as one to grow and heal.
We are going to have to acknowledge and celebrate the Indigenous cultures in all their glory.
It is time for those Canadians who say this is not our problem not our time to sit down and shut up.
Listen.
Learn.
Be a part of the solution and not the problem.
©June 25/21
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