The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness

The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness

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Simon Wiesenthal

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The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness: Cardinal Franz König Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
The Cardinal acknowledges that an individual cannot forgive what was done to others, but he may forgive anyway. On the question of whether there is a limit to forgiveness, he looks to the example of Christ and finds that there is no limit.
König follows the established pattern of Catholic respondents who look to Jesus as the primary example of moral living on earth.
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The Cardinal recognizes that pardoning Karl would have surpassed mere human kindness. However, he believes that Simon had an opportunity for an act of “almost superhuman goodness in the midst of a subhuman and bestial world of atrocities.”
König, like other ordained clergymen in the Catholic church who responded, argues that Simon’s forgiveness would have made him godlike, which is what all humans should aspire to be.
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