PHOTOS: Church vandalized after Mississauga priest’s residential schools comments

Published June 24, 2021 at 8:56 pm


A Mississauga Catholic church that is at the centre of a controversy stirred by Pastor Owen Keenan, was vandalized on Thursday, June 24.

In video that was posted on Youtube earlier this week Keenan referred to the residential school in British Columbia where it was recently discovered that the remains of more than 200 First Nation children were found.

“Two-thirds of the country is blaming the church, which we love, for the tragedies that occurred there,” he said. “I presume the same number would thank the church for the good done in those schools, but of course, that question was never asked and we are not allowed to even say that good was done there. I await to see what comes to my inbox.”

The remarks were made last Sunday at Merciful Redeemer Parish in Mississauga. The church is located at 2775 Erin Centre Blvd., across from Erin Mills Town Centre and St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Secondary School.

Keenan has faced scrutiny from community members, officials and Mayor Bonnie Crombie, herself a member of the church.

This isn’t the first time Keenan has raised the local ire as he’s also been criticized for his stance against Catholic schools that have been flying the Pride flag.

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