So Sorry 

So Sorry 

So Sorry 

Previously published Slate articles made new.
March 15 2000 3:00 AM

So Sorry 

The promiscuity of public apologies.

Last weekend the pope apologized for two millennia of misdeeds by the Catholic Church. Is such an apology a public service, or does it merely reopen old wounds? In 1997, Seth Stevenson summarized the history of national apologies, and in 1998 Jacob Weisberg outlined several rules for making them.