Should the Pope reverse a 500-year old Church law on his trip to Canada?

The Globe and Mail [Toronto, Canada]

July 25, 2022


It is largely anticipated that Pope Francis will deliver another apology to Indigenous people while in Canada this week. But are there actions he could take while here to further reconciliation?

Many Indigenous people would like the Pope to publicly renounce the Doctrine of DiscoveryBruce McIvor is one of them. He is a lawyer, a historian and the author of Standoff: Why Reconciliation Fails Indigenous People and How to Fix It. He explains what this doctrine is, how it went from a papal edict to a legal principle in Canada and why renouncing it would be a meaningful action for the Pope to take while here.