Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Like a Man

Mel Gibson has issued an apology to the Jewish community for anti-Semitic slurs that he made after having been arrested on suspicion of DUI. Gibson's original statements were reprehensible. His apology appears, on its face, to be sincere, heartfelt and without qualification. The slurs that he made, and the sentiments that underlay them, are to be abhorred. But he is to be commended for taking responsibility like a man, for making no excuses, and asking for forgiveness. The Faith to which Mel Gibson subsrcibes holds that we are all sinners needing to repent and seek forgiveness. Far from besmirching the Catholic faith, Mr. Gibson's fall and effort at public repentance is a stark reminder that we are indeed all sinners in need of God's grace. I wish Mr. Gibson well on his path to recovery.

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