I have written a lot recently about apologies (and non-apologies), most recently a post focusing on Louis C.K.’s apology (which links to prior posts).
Today, the New York Times ran a piece entitled “Mea Culpa. Kinda Sorta.” in which several writers parse the language in the apologies of Charlie Rose, Al Franken, Louis C.K., Kevin Spacey, and Harvey Weinstein. This is a fascinating primer on do’s and (mostly) don’ts in making apologies.
For a stark contrast, read this story about Pope Francis asking for forgiveness to “Rohingya Muslims [who] have been raped, killed or driven into exile in Bangladesh by a brutal military campaign of repression.
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“‘In the name of everyone, of those who have persecuted you, of those who have done you harm, above all for the indifference of the world, I ask forgiveness. Forgiveness,’ the pope said in emotional and apparently unscripted remarks, as the survivors stood around him. He did not address his own recent silence.”