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The priest tells them: It seems to me that you only pardon the sins that you don’t really think sinful.
You only forgive criminals when they commit what you don’t regard as crimes, but rather as conventions.
In Chesterton’s The Secret of Father Brown, a beloved nobleman who murdered his good-for-nothing brother in a duel thirty years ago returns to his hometown wracked by guilt.
All the townspeople want to forgive him immediately, and they mock the titular priest for only being willing to give a measured forgiveness conditional on penance and self-reflection.
They lecture the priest on the virtues of charity and compassion.