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“This outpouring of mercy cannot penetrate our hearts as long as we have not forgiven those who have trespassed against us.” (CCC 2840)

By Patti Maguire Armstrong, EWTN News, October 9, 2021

Patti Maguire ArmstrongThere are a lot of problems with the cancel culture, one being unforgiveness. Denying redemption is convenient when furthering a political agenda, but it’s contrary to following Jesus.

To attack heroes from the past, motives get warped along with time and space perspectives. When canceling people in the here and now, missteps become targets, mercy is denied, and apologies rejected even if the bad judgment happened years earlier.

Consider the cases of Alexi McCammond and Mitchell Martin, who were canceled as adults for things they did in childhood. McCammond, the former 27-year-old editor of Teen Vogue, was forced to resign last year when three anti-Asian tweets from a decade earlier were found.

She said she no longer thinks that way, but there was no pathway to redemption despite apologies and subsequent years of no such behavior. Instead, she received the usual due process: shaming, shunning and canceling. …

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