Pope Francis Apologizes to Indigenous America for “Grave Sins” Committed by Church

“Grave sins were committed against the native peoples of America in the name of God…I humbly ask forgiveness, not only for the offenses of the church herself, but also for crimes committed against the native peoples during the so-called conquest of America… I also want for us to remember the thousands and thousands of priests who strongly opposed the logic of the sword with the power of the cross. There was sin, and it was plentiful. But we never apologized, so I now ask for forgiveness. But where there was sin, and there was plenty of sin, there was also an abundant grace increased by the men who defended indigenous peoples.”

http://www.ewao.com/a/1-pope-francis-apologizes-to-indigenous-america-for-grave-sins-committed-by-church

Why is this apology so important? Why did it take so long for the Catholic Church to publicly apologize for its historical participation on the genocide of the Native Americans? Do you think this apology gives more credibility to the Church or does it hinder its image? 

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