Mark Moring, "Downey Jr. Pleads: Forgive Mel Gibson" (CT Entertainment, October 18, 2011).
Yes, of course, there is no mention of forgiveness by those whom were directly wronged, much less divine forgiveness. What is nevertheless good about Downey's speech is its clear embrace of our human need for forgiveness -- his own, Mel Gibson's, everyone in the audience, and the rest of us. As well as the need to own up to one's responsibility. Call it a secular analogue to Sacramental Confession.
[Hat tip to J.M.]