Last May, Father Jon Martin stood in the pulpit of St Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Boston and asked parishioners to forgive the congregation's director of religious education, who had just been charged with sexually molesting dozens of boys in the parish. I admire Martin's courage and conviction, although I question his timing. Still, the episode raises the question of why we struggle to forgive — or should want to forgive.
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