Forgive and Forget?

Richard Harries

in After the Evil

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780199263134
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600616 | DOI:
Forgive and Forget?

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Traditionally, Christianity has been thought of as a religion of forgiveness and Judaism has been stereotyped as reluctant to forgive. But there is an emphasis on the importance of forgiveness, with repentance, in Judaism and it is possible for Christians to speak too easily of forgiveness. In what way at all, if any, is it possible to seek forgiveness on behalf of others? Can the Catholic Church, e.g., express sorrow for what its past members did to Jews and what validity has this? Is there such thing as collective guilt and can there be collective forgiveness?

Keywords: Catholic Church; collective forgiveness; collective guilt; forgiveness; repentance

Chapter.  9250 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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