Most of us have heard that the Iranians have denied the Nazi Holocaust, as well as some neo-Nazis and some others fanatics, but what about those who deny the current holocaust of an average of 1.2 million unborn babies killed each year in the United States alone? About 20 years ago, I recall going to a Christmas party with a friend at the home of a Catholic couple. While chatting with a mother of teenagers, we talked about the sexual morals of today among young people. I’ll never forget what she told me. She advises her daughters to be sure to use condoms to avoid pregnancy. This stunned me. How can a mother promote such reckless behavior? She had concluded that since most teenagers will be sexually active, no matter what, she believes, it’s better to let them have condoms. This woman, in my opinion, was in deep denial, in general and completely ignoring her parental role in particular. My impression was that she wanted to be more of a friend to her kids than a parent. Denial is strong and anesthetizing of the mind. See no evil; hear no evil.
Back to the subject; who are the abortion holocaust deniers in today’s culture? I attend a very big Catholic church, larger than most, here in California. In my estimate, about 50 to 60% of our parishioners are “pro-choice,” meaning they favor abortion at any stage, as the law allows in the United States. How can this be when the church they attend has the opposite view? the Catechism of the Catholic Church is very clear on the subject: 2270 “Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person — among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.” You can’t get any clearer than that. This is not only church teaching but coincides exactly what science has discovered, as I have detailed and documented in previous posts on this blog.
I’ve often wondered at the illogical stance by “pro-choice” Catholics. How can you go to a church that believes one thing and you believe the opposite? This is the power of denial. Here is a definition of “denial” in psychological terms: “Denial is probably one of the best known defense mechanisms, used often to describe situations in which people seem unable to face reality or admit an obvious truth (i.e. “He’s in denial.”). Denial is an outright refusal to admit or recognize that something has occurred or is currently occurring. Drug addicts or alcoholics often deny that they have a problem, while victims of traumatic events may deny that the event ever occurred.” Click here for more on this subject. This is exactly what is happening to the “pro-choice” Catholic, or Christian, for that matter. Now I have one question of this person. If you decide what is right or wrong why follow the church or the Bible? You either follow the church or the Bible or you follow neither. You cannot pick and choose what you believe, otherwise, why do you need a church? The Bible claims to be the word of God. You cannot pick and choose what to believe in the Bible. Likewise, the Catholic Church bases all its beliefs on the Bible, again, the word of God. Are you better than the church or the Bible to be able to tell what to believe and what to disregard?
Dennis Prager, a well known talk-show host, says that he prefers clarity to agreement. You cannot be a so-called “cafeteria Catholic.” If you disagree with the church why don’t you go to another church that matches what you believe? To be a Catholic and not follow church teaching is being in denial.