Fratelli Tutti 236: Forgiveness

Let’s look at Pope Francis’ thoughts on THE VALUE AND MEANING OF FORGIVENESS. 

236. There are those who prefer not to talk of reconciliation, for they think that conflict, violence and breakdown are part of the normal functioning of a society.

Normal, perhaps, for those who misinterpret the meaning of disagreement.

In any human group there are always going to be more or less subtle power struggles between different parties. Others think that promoting forgiveness means yielding ground and influence to others.

It can be a blow to an ego. The alternative, it seems, is self-deception–the possibility that silence masks the real tensions in the room.

For this reason, they feel it is better to keep things as they are, maintaining a balance of power between differing groups. Still others believe that reconciliation is a sign of weakness; incapable of truly serious dialogue, they choose to avoid problems by ignoring injustices. Unable to deal with problems, they opt for an apparent peace.

All citations of Fratelli Tutti (which can be found on this link) are © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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