I guess I missed this at the time, but in October a TV news program claims the Church asked Indigenous peoples for forgiveness for its “sins.”
“Citing the “sins” it committed against tribal communities, the Catholic Church begged for forgiveness from the indigenous peoples (IP) and pledged to do everything possible to protect them.
The Episcopal Commission on Indigenous Peoples of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said the church apologizes for having disrespected other cultures in the past through acts such as the colonization of native peoples.”
The apology by Bishop Sergio Utleg, the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Indigenous Peoples chairman, was printed in an article on the CBCP news site.
Utleg apologized for the Church entering native communities “from a position of power, indifferent to their struggles and pains.”
“We ask forgiveness for moments when we taught Christianity as a religion robbed with colonial cultural superiority, instead of sharing it as a religion that calls for a relationship with God and a way of life,” he said.
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