Some instances in which Pope John Paul II admitted errors or apologized for actions of the Roman Catholic Church:

– 1992: Declares the church was wrong to condemn astronomer Galileo for maintaining the earth is not the center of the universe.

– 1992: Visiting Senegal, begs for forgiveness for Christians who were involved in the slave trade.

– 1995: Issues document saying church is “truly sorry” for discrimination or mistreatment of women.

– 1995: During trip to Czech Republic, asks forgiveness for violence by Catholics against Protestants during 16th century Counterreformation.

– 1998: In document on Holocaust, expresses remorse for cowardice of some Christians during Nazi persecution of Jews.


– 1999: Denounces persecution of Jan Hus, 15th century religious reformer and precursor of Protestantism who was burned at stake.- 2000: Asks forgiveness for sins of Catholics through the ages, including wrongs inflicted on Jews, women and minorities.

– 2000: In stop at Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, says Catholic Church “deeply saddened by the hatred, acts of persecution and displays of anti-Semitism directed against the Jews by Christians at any time and in any place.”

– 2001: On visit to Greece, issues sweeping apology for wrongs committed by Roman Catholics against Orthodox Christians.

– 2001: Apologizes for missionary abuses against indigenous peoples of South Pacific.