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You can forgive theft, or murder, or tax evasion, or something you find abhorrent.

I mean, from a utilitarian point of view, you are still doing the correct action of not giving people grief because they’re a divorcee. All I’m saying is that if you “forgive” something you don’t care about, you don’t earn any Virtue Points.

Now the townspeople want to see him lynched or burned alive, and it is only the priest who – consistently – offers a measured forgiveness conditional on penance and self-reflection.

The priest tells them: It seems to me that you only pardon the sins that you don’t really think sinful.

Actual forgiveness, the kind the priest needs to cultivate to forgive evildoers, is really really hard.

The fake forgiveness the townspeople use to forgive the people they like is really easy, so they get to boast not only of their forgiving nature, but of how much nicer they are than those mean old priests who find forgiveness difficult and want penance along with it.

How many Virtue Points have I earned for my meritorious deeds? The Emperor, somewhat put out, demands to know why.

Bodhidharma asks: “Well, what do you think of gay people?

[Content warning: Politics, religion, social justice, spoilers for “The Secret of Father Brown”.Try to keep this off Reddit and other similar sorts of things.] I.In Chesterton’s The Secret of Father Brown, a beloved nobleman who murdered his good-for-nothing brother in a duel thirty years ago returns to his hometown wracked by guilt.Later, it comes out that the beloved nobleman did not in fact kill his good-for-nothing brother.The good-for-nothing brother killed the beloved nobleman (and stole his identity).

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