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Prelates describe requirements for true reconciliation

Speaking at forum in South Korea, archbishop of Sao Paulo said forgiveness without justice is nothing

Prelates describe requirements for true reconciliation

One of the Latin American prelates who shared their experiences on reconciliation during the forum "Justice and Peace, Ways for the Korean Peninsula" held at Seoul Major Seminary on Nov. 4. (Photo by The Catholic Times)

November 9, 2017

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Justice and forgiveness must be part of any successful reconciliation process, said Latin American prelates at a recent international forum for peace held in South Korea.

Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chavez, the auxiliary bishop of San Salvador, told those attending the forum at the Seoul Major Seminary on Nov. 4 that preconditions are needed for successful reconciliation.

"To step on the way for true peace and life, we should focus on truth, justice and forgiveness," said Cardinal Chavez. "With these preconditions, we can purify memories that block us going further to a peaceful future," said the cardinal, who with Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero, opposed a military dictatorship ruling El Salvador.

Cardinal Odilo Scherer of Sao Paulo, also said, forgiveness without justice is nothing.

"Forgiveness means a request to those who hurt others to do their responsibilities for justice," said Cardinal Scherer.

Based on their experience in civil conflict, both men asked Koreans to have courage to find ways to achieve peace.

The event was organized by The Peace Sharing Institute under the Seoul Archdiocesan Committee for National Reconciliation. The forum is organized to share the wisdom of the overseas church to help overcome the division of the Korean peninsula.

The forum, titled "Justice and Peace, Ways for the Korean Peninsula," also invited international relations experts.

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