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After the EvilChristianity and Judaism in the Shadow of the Holocaust$
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Richard Harries

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199263134

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199263132.001.0001

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Forgive and Forget?

Forgive and Forget?

(p.65) 4 Forgive and Forget?
After the Evil

Richard Harries (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

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

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