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Craving forgiveness

A study found Americans desire more forgiveness but are choosy about dispensing it.

The Michigan-based Fetzer Institute said 62 percent of American adults indicate they need more forgiveness, and 94 percent want to see more forgiveness in the country.

Although Americans are usually forgiving, more than half said there are situations where people should never be forgiven, including abuse, sexual crimes, murder and other intentionally committed crimes.

Sixty percent said "forgiving someone would first depend on the offender apologizing and making changes."


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