Fratelli Tutti 237: Inevitable Conflict

Can Christian achieve a deeper form of perfection in the cycle of sin, contrition, and reconciliation? History suggests not.

Inevitable conflict

237. Forgiveness and reconciliation are central themes in Christianity and, in various ways, in other religions. Yet there is a risk that an inadequate understanding and presentation of these profound convictions can lead to fatalism, apathy and injustice, or even intolerance and violence.

Given the persistence of violence in families–the most intimate social unit of the human species–it would seem there’s no hope. My own assertion is that humanity is technologically civilized, but still not far removed from the stone age where interpersonal relationships are concerned. Mottos like forgive-and-forget, or an-eye-for-an-eye do us very little credit indeed.

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