What a wild ride this week has been, quite unbalanced in many ways. Much was filled with a medley of delight...Indigenous pride, beauty, substance, ceremony and clarity to culture. A joy and a pleasure to watch. But also, plenty to be had featured incessant pain apparent, continued deeply justified trust erosion, relevant apprehension, who are you fooling evasiveness, unaccountability to truth and ugly reality denial. Yikes for such a valuable opportunity missed!
Glaringly absent from the whirlwind of this now complete magical mystery tour and its wind down was any talk of a transparent action plan to set in motion, or even a scant outline. Something, anything of pragmatic and concrete value unveiled would have perhaps lightened in a teeny tiny way heavy loads carried for generations. This to me would mean a mindful move forward, rather than the mere implication that the guys in the red caps will be taking care of affairs now.
I dream of a weekend open market sale in St Peter's Square, maybe to celebrate the pope and his entourage's homecoming. Bargain prices for vaulted gold and jeweled treasures we know are in the basement gathering dust, assuring plentiful funds to make good on Indigenous reparations across continents.
Preaching words today were a bunch of lordie, lordie, lordie, surrounding inner struggles. One highlight I loved was the unrolling DURING THE SERVICE in the pope's line of vision, a huge banner with RESCIND THE DOCTRINE in extra large tall letters. That is, the Doctrine of Discovery, 1493 church law giving permission for christians to invade, murder, pillage and spread their disease and religion in lands beyond their own, still in effect TODAY, WTF? Anyway, it was a sweetest moment in time when the pope read that, perhaps triggering an "oh crap that was a sick omission from the many pretty scripted words I spoke this week."
Or perhaps not a fleeting thought about it was ever made. We'll never know and sadly hope for change is on low reserve. I had seen another banner to rescind this outrageous maniacal doctrine displayed outside the church as well. Pretty words and begging forgiveness without penace sprinkled with empty gestures falls short in the 21st Century, RESCIND THE DAMN DOCTRINE.
I've been reminded this week of the verse from the christian storybook, the bible. It says to let the truth set you free. Umm... time to practice what you preach, ahem. Seems that message got lost over centuries of executing demented festivities. Maybe it's buried in an unmarked grave like many of the murdered children? The ones referred to as those who unfortunately didn't come home. Ugly and evil disconnect to that issue.
One moment of growth to mention was a big wow, did I hear that right? The pope guy spoke to the fact that sexual assault took place in the resendential schools. He actually said the words.... out loud! Wow, wow, wow and a too long overdue hallelujah to that!! Baby steps, does this count?
Finally, a goodbye farewell rally cry message read to a group of young adults brought smiles to the innocents prone to believe bullshit, preaching to the room about being part of a team, rah, rah, rah, carry on. Really, how'd that work out in the past with creepster pedo christians as models cheering each other on? Please don't emulate, the children have greatly suffered for... well who knows how long, jeeez. Disgusted to think of the extreme plague of abuse over history. WTF? Sadness never cleared the air from my view of elders during this the final meet and greet.
Could a future sequel to this demented adventure revelation to the world include a traveling reconciliation carnival any time soon in the USA? You know, for the exact same sicko perversions bestowed upon Indigenous Peoples in Canada? Imagine we have to wait and see. But not hold our breath, as it's certain to not roll out anytime soon.
Also, please know it was really good therapy for me to write out frustrations and some wicked awe inspiring moments this week, glad to have the forum to do so!
Here's an informative short clip on what was accomplished and what was not:
What the Pope’s historic trip to Canada did and didn't accomplish.
4,440 views Jul 29, 2022 Pope Francis faced mounting calls for concrete action on the final day of what he called his pilgrimage of penance in Canada. Caryn Ceolin with what was accomplished and whether expectations for the historic trip were met.