I am going to devote a whole post to what Doug had to say in my post on Ms. Mayo's deranged actions on Flight 923 and how other commentators saw the event.
From the 1997 English edition of the Catholic Catechism: Terrorism threatens, wounds, and kills indiscriminately, it is gravely against justice and charity.
Ms. Mayo’s actions gave the other passengers the impression she was a terrorist and they responded to defend themselves. If one looks in the New Testament, lets say Acts Ch. 25, verses 10-12 we see Paul defending himself against false accusations, accusations that would have lead to his death. Or Luke Ch. 22 verses 36-37 where Christ tells His disciples in the future they have to defend themselves, hence mentioning the sword. So the right of self-defense is not forbidden by the New Testament.
Now Doug, lets look at ‘turn the other cheek.’ The full quote is “But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on [your] right cheek, turn the other one to him as well.” Matthew, Ch.5 verse 39.
I have to ask you Doug, are you saying that Ms. Mayo was truly evil and hence the other passengers should not have resisted? Also note this is person to person.
Now lets get to Christian forgiveness. Probably the best known is the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant also found in Matthew, Ch. 18 verses 23-35. In this story the master forgives one servant of a huge debt the servant owes. Then the servant turns on another servant who owes but a pittance to the first servant. The man is so unforgiving he has the servant thrown into jail until the debt is repaid. Upon hearing this, the master was wrought with anger at the first servant, such that after upbraiding the man for being ungrateful has him tossed into jail until the large debt is repaid. And it ends with Christ warning his disciples that unless they forgive their brothers from the heart this too will be their fate.
Please note in this parable, the forgiveness is of a personal nature. It is a person forgiving the one who harmed them with their whole heart. For a person to say they forgive a person who never did harm to them is an empty gesture, of no consequence except to give the person saying ‘I forgive’ an immediate warm fuzzy feeling. So I cannot forgive Ms. Mayo since she never harmed me. Doug, you need to ask the other passengers of that flight to see if they can forgive her.