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Timothy McVeigh and forgiveness

A remarkable description of an African-American priest, Fr. Charles Smith, and the  last days of mass murderer Timothy McVeigh.

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As Fr. Smith acknowledges, the woman who was the mother of an OK City victim and who befriended McVeigh is also remarkable. I'm glad to learn that McVeigh sought reconciliation with God before his execution, and though I oppose capital punishment, I can't help feeling that full reconciliation would have also involved apologizing to the families of his victims. If I recall, McVeigh looked stonefaced upward while he was on the gurney, and he never said a word of apology. I hope I'm wrong about that.

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Fr. Smith is a very remarkable man and it is good to know that such persons exist.

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John T. McGreevy is the I.A. O'Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame.