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The Convergence of Forgiveness and Justice: Lessons from El Salvador

[Forgiveness and justice need not be understood as diametrically opposite moral responses to human evil. The murder of the Jesuits in El Salvador indicates ways in which truth-telling contributes to justice, and both of these to forgiveness and reconciliation. If the Church is to play a leadership role in reconciliation, it must encourage truth-telling and insist on justice rather than simply preach the easier message of “forgive and forget.”]