A debate on absolution was stirred in England recently after an Anglican priest stepped down from her parish duties because she could not forgive those who carried out the July bombings on London’s transport system. The attacks resulted in the death of more than 50 people, including her daughter.
“Can I forgive them for what they did? No, I cannot. And I don’t wish to,” said Julie Nicholson, vicar of St. Aidan with St. George Church in Bristol, in an interview carried on BBC television March 7. Her 24-year-old daughter, Jenny, was among the victims.
“I believe that there are some things in life which are unforgivable by the human spirit,” said Nicholson. “We are all faced with choice, and those four human beings on that day chose to do what they did.”