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THE SEED KEEPERS:
Spring, 2018
Edited by Virginia Lafond
Contents:

  • Cathy Holtmann on Gervais’s Book
  • Jocelyn Rait tells about the Gervais
    book launch
  • Lorraine Green: What is a Catholic Woman?
  • Felix Kryzanowski: His Association with CNWE
  • Christine Gebel’s reflection
  • Veronica Dunne tells her history with CNWE
  • Letters & News about a new
    western CNWE local
  • Linda Spear: Her CNWE experience
  • CNWE’S 2018 AGM
  • Membership Form
  • A word from From Mary McAleese
    View/Download the pdf version here.

THE SEED KEEPERS:
Fall, 2018
Edited by Virginia Lafond
Contents:

  • Rait: Remembering Marion
  • Kryzanowski: Episcopal Ordination
  • Mills: Saying ‘No’
  • Zarins: ‘Female Pew Catholic’
  • Fromm: Deaconate to Priesthood Calling
  • Lafond: Book Review
  • You’ve heard?
  • The Parliament of the World’s Religions
  • Important Message from NWG
    View/Download the pdf version here.
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Recent Posts

Catholic Network for Women’s Equality (CNWE), Canada, Calls Catholic Bishops of Canada to Facilitate the Request of Indigenous Leaders for Pope Francis to Formally Apologize on Canadian Soil for the Legacy of Catholic-run Residential Schools

STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 10, 2021

Together with Canadians across the country and people around the world, we grieve and stand in solidarity with Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, as the remains of 215 children buried in unmarked sites have been located on the grounds of the former Catholic-run Kamloops Indian Residential School.  

As settlers on this land, we have been slow to learn the history of the devastating impact of colonization, religious coercion, and ongoing systemic racism on First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, despite overwhelming evidence. As Catholics, we have been slow to acknowledge the depth of generational trauma resulting from the ongoing legacy of residential schools run by our own Church.  As individuals, we have been slow to face, and work to dismantle, our own inherited prejudices. 

From a place of listening, mutual respect and humility, members of CNWE are committed to being allies with Indigenous peoples. In recent days, we have listened as First Nations leaders have asked Pope Francis to “issue an apology to Survivors, their families, and communities for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in the spiritual, cultural, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children in Catholic-run residential schools.” This request, from the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Report Calls to Action (#58) remains unmet. We call on Canadian bishops and cardinals to facilitate Pope Francis coming to Canada when it is safe to do so.

We call on all Catholic entities and dioceses to cooperate fully with the requests of Indigenous peoples to provide all documents related to residential school investigations. We also urge all the bishops of Canada to re-commit to meeting the terms of the Settlement Agreement regarding ongoing education and support (TRC Calls to Action #59-61) and to justly meeting all financial compensation obligations.

Survivors have been telling us for decades of the abuse that occurred in residential ‘schools’ and our hearts break for generations of Indigenous families whose children were not only taken away to these schools, but never returned home. We all have a moral and spiritual responsibility to be allies with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada, cooperating in the urgent work of truth, reconciliation, and justice. 

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