Friday, March 15, 2013

Can Cardinal Roger Mahony Truly "Forgive" someone he has no control over?

Roger Mahony, a Los Angeles area Cardinal, recently wrote on his own blog that... 
...In the past several days, I have experienced many examples of being humiliated. In recent days, I have been confronted in various places by very unhappy people. I could understand the depth of their anger and outrage — at me, at the Church, at about injustices that swirl around us. 
Thanks to God’s special grace, I simply stood there, asking God to bless and forgive them.

I am going out on a limb here and presume that Mr. Mahoney does not truly understand what forgiveness is. 

Can anyone truly "Forgive" someone or something when they have no control over that thing or person? 

Forgiveness requires contrition from the person being forgiven. If the person being forgiven is not contrite, then the forgiveness is more likely an act of personal emotional survival.

Apparently Cardinal Mahoney forgave priests who had committed pedophile acts, covered up the incidents, but then at least some of those priests did those acts again. 

Apparently Cardinal Mahony then covered up the additional pedophile acts from law enforcement as well. I do not understand how Cardinal Mahony thinks the forgiveness card is all that matters.

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