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Everyone asks for forgiveness

Christine Flowers, of the Philadelphia Daily News, applauds Pope Francis for asking forgiveness of his slapping a woman’s hand, but describes this only as “honorable,” and so concludes that Francis falls short of St. John Paul II. (“Pope’s reaction less than Christlike,” Jan. 3)

However, for any Christian, and I think all of us, to ask for forgiveness and to offer forgiveness are profoundly holy acts, however also socially honorable. Our imperfect bit of earthly time is made sacred by seeking and giving forgiveness.

Michael Treleaven



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