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A Calgary Catholic bishop is speaking out against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s comments regarding the Church and residential schools. Bishop Emeritus of the Calgary Diocese Most Rev. Fred Henry says the prime minister’s comments serve to deflect responsibility from the Canadian government. Henry made the statements in an open letter to Trudeau. “While acknowledging our own sorrow and guilt, and trying to own our sinfulness in the participation in residential schools, it is important to note the wording in our statement, especially the words, ‘participation in government policies,’” wrote Henry. “Primary responsibility must be owned by the federal government.” Since the apparent discovery of a suspected burial site near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, the prime minister has publicly called on the Roman Catholic Church to accept responsibility for the incident. “As a Catholic, I am deeply disappointed by the decision that the Catholic Church has taken now and over the past many years,” Trudeau said in a media interview. Henry is not the only Church leader to publicly dispute the prime minister’s claims.

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