An Ecumenical Ministry in the Parish of St Patrick's Catholic Church In San Diego USA


Monday, October 16, 2023

‘I Want to Be Forgiven. I Just Want to Be Forgiven.’


No one can expect mercy. No one has the right to be forgiven. Pardons live beyond the parameters of the criminal code’s black-and-white text. They are, by nature, extraordinary.

Rooted in part in the ancient doctrine that monarchs derive power directly from God, pardons are a discretionary tool often given to the executive branch — the president and the governor — to override court-ordered sanctions: to shorten a prison sentence, restore civil rights or eliminate the obligation to identify oneself as a felon.

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