January 16, 2013

Should We Forgive Lance Armstrong?

Fr. James Martin, America Magazine

I have some very complicated feelings about Lance Armstrong's upcoming confession and, I presume, apology on Oprah Winfrey's show.

As a Jesuit, a priest, a Catholic and a Christian, I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity for forgiveness.  Our faith is founded on a forgiving love.  It’s surely the hardest part of being a Christian, but perhaps the most essential.  Jesus himself forgave his executioners from the Cross.  Later, after the Resurrection, Jesus forgave Peter, after Peter’s denied him three times before the Crucifixion.  And Jesus asked his followers to forgive one another “seventy times seven” times.  Finally, one of his most famous parables is the Prodigal Son, who is forgiven by his father even before asking for pardon.

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