> Status Ecclesiae, February, 2006: "33 Years: The
different dimension of Political Correctness"
The different dimension of Political
- by John Mallon, Contributing Editor, Inside the Vatican
Political Correctness exists to support the
Culture of Death. It exists to run interference for the Culture
of Death and introduce red herrings wherever necessary whenever
the discussion starts to approach the truth.
I first heard the terms “diversity” and “multiculturalism”
as a theology student at Boston College, “a Catholic
University in the Jesuit Tradition.”
These shibboleths were thrown around, and I remember thinking,
“Who is not diverse? Who is not multicultural? This
is a university, and a Catholic university, at that, and all
people are welcome. Catholic means universal.” Then
I caught on. It was not about race, ethnicity, national origin
or creed, but about ideology — radical feminism in its
intense advocacy of abortion, and the “gay agenda.”
Quite naturally both by implication and in rhetoric, the Catholic
Church was portrayed as an “oppressor.”
It was deliberately blurred that the Catholic Church accepts
all of God’s children with love, because of what they
are: God’s children. Matters of ethnicity and race are
part of what they are. Abortion and homosexual activity are
acts: things which people do, acts which they have a free
will to do or not do.
Homosexual acts and abortion are acts which the Church condemns
as contrary to God’s law and harmful to those who commit
them and to society in general.
Political correctness deliberately attempts to blur this
distinction and conflate opposition to certain immoral activities
with unjust discrimination against people of various races
Political correctness attempts to argue that apples and oranges
are the same, and anyone who disagrees is called a bigot.
I have contended for years in my own writing that this movement
has all the potential for tyranny and destruction of life
as Nazism and Communism if allowed to continue on its current
track. In terms of sheer numbers, 45 million lives have already
been lost through abortion. Some people are offended by these
sorts of comparisons, but simply look at the body count.
In this culture of radical leftism, owing to its Marxist
roots, there is a certain status and cachet in being a victim.
Campus radicals, easily among the most privileged people on
earth, long to consider themselves oppressed.
SO HOW DOES THIS PLAY OUT?
As I write, the Judiciary Committee of the United States
Senate is completing its confirmation hearings of Judge Samuel
Alito for his appointment as Associate Justice to the United
States Supreme Court. Pro-abortion senators on the committee
were falling over themselves in their attempts to portray
Judge Alito, a Catholic, as “racist, sexist, anti-gay”
as the chant goes. It was a shameful charade of attempted
character assassination, especially from Senator Edward Kennedy,
a Catholic, provoking emotional responses from more rational
members of the committee. Senator Dianne Feinstein asked questions
regarding how far outside the “mainstream” Judge
Alito was, by which she meant how pro-life was he.
Surely Senator Feinstein knows this is propaganda because
if abortion were truly “mainstream” its proponents
would have nothing to fear from leaving it to the people to
decide in a vote rather than the courts.
It was a shameful display of the self-righteousness —
and desperation — of inverted morality.
It is now 33 years since Roe v. Wade came down in the United
States establishing the artificial right to kill an innocent
child in the womb. Times have changed in that period. Every
serious Catholic knows the life of the child overrides any
misguided shame placed on the woman over the circumstances
of her pregnancy and that love, understanding, and compassion
are needed. Meanwhile, abortion proponents still portray the
Church as harsh and judgmental.
Medical science has all but eliminated any need for a so-called
“therapeutic abortion.” The psychological sciences
have shown that abortion traumatizes a woman for life, doing
far more harm than bringing the child to term.
In an inexplicable line of questioning, Senator Patrick Leahy
of Vermont (a Catholic) asked Judge Alito if there was any
provision under the U.S. Constitution in which an innocent
person could be executed. Judge Alito, looking surprised at
such an odd question, said, “That’s the ultimate
tragedy that could possibly occur in our criminal justice
system. We should do everything we can to prevent that from
As Leahy persisted, Judge Alito finally said, “The
Constitution is designed to prevent that.”
Watching this, the irony struck me that the answer to Senator
Leahy’s question was yes, there is a provision in the
Constitution under which an innocent person could be put to
death, and that provision is that such a person may be put
to death only so long as he or she is still in the womb.
Nevertheless, Judge Alito’s reply was correct in real
terms: the Constitution is designed to prevent that. It is
the ultimate tragedy that could possibly occur in our criminal
justice system. We should do everything we can to prevent
that from ever occurring.
ROE V. WADE IS AN ABERRATION
One wonders if Senator Leahy realizes that in his attempt
to show up Judge Alito as callous, he was chopping down the
tree in which he and his other pro-abortion colleagues were
perched. One also must wonder if Leahy, Kennedy and company
also caught their irony of grilling Judge Alito on whether
he would be an advocate for the “little guy” while
they campaign for the continued legalized killing of the “littlest
guy” of all: the little boy or girl in the womb.
The Father of abortion is also the Father of Lies. As Jesus
said, “He was a liar and a murderer from the beginning.”
The lies are legion: that “Political Correctness”
is at all concerned with justice and tolerance, that it is
“caring and compassionate” to help a woman kill
her child in the womb, that being an “oppressed minority,”
i.e., a woman, trumps laws against murder, and that anyone
has a “right” to commit murder, i.e. abortion.
Opposition to abortion will never go away. Abortion will
never be accepted in a civilization worthy of the name. If
abortion were a morally neutral act like a tonsillectomy,
the discussion would not still be going on, much less going
on at this fever pitch 33 years later.
The notion of 33 years has great meaning for Catholics as
the number of years of Christ’s earthly sojourn. We
must pray and redouble our efforts to see that the continued
crucifixion of today’s Holy Innocents will soon cease,
and that “Kindness and truth shall meet, Justice and
peace shall kiss. Truth shall spring out of the earth, And
justice shall look down from heaven.” (Psalm 85: 10-11)
John Mallon is a Contributing Editor to Inside the Vatican
magazine. He also has regular columns on the website Catholic.Org.
An archive of Mr. Mallon's work also appears here: http://www.petersvoice.com/mallon/index.html.
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