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WASHINGTON POST
Digital/Online April 4, 2018


Why We Need Both a National Apology and Reparations to Heal the Wounds of Racism.
By Marianne Williamson

Years ago, I went with a doctor friend to see a charismatic Catholic priest, Father Ralph DiOrio. I had read his books on miraculous healing, and I was eager to see him in action.

The crowd, some in wheelchairs and others holding stricken children, poured by the thousands into a stadium in Sacramento. They were in search of physical healing.

“I wonder what I’m here to be healed from,” I remember thinking.

When DiOrio arrived, he bounded onto the stage, speaking excitedly about the miraculous power of God to heal all things. Almost immediately, he asked those of us who were not Roman Catholic to please stand.

I am Jewish. My friend is Jewish. Maybe 50 of us stood up. “Uh oh,” I thought.

Yet what DiOrio did next was amazing. He didn’t ask the non-Catholics to confess our sins. He asked us to accept an apology. I remember him asking those who were Catholic to form a line in front of those who were standing, look into our eyes and say, “If I or my religion has ever done anything to hurt you or offend you or your religion, then please forgive me and please forgive us.”
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