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Use words like “Satan,” “diabolical” and “exorcism” and liberals will roll their eyes. Surely Scripture scholars have de-mythologized those concepts into oblivion. Who but the paranoid schizophrenic and the other mentally ill even use those words anymore. Indeed, to the liberal such words are themselves sure signs that those who speak them are the poor pathetic delusionals that are always with us. Or those in those bizarre Satanic cults.

But let’s open our eyes. Since the time of Rousseau there has been a steady ideological movement which has idolized a desire for total human freedom, total individual self-sufficiency which abolishes all forms of dependency. To be totally free as an individual without ever having to be for anyone else or from anyone else: isn’t that the historical wish of someone very specific, someone who Divine Revelation gives the name of Satan? “I don’t want God. I don’t need God. I won’t serve God. I won’t obey God. Better to rule in Hell than serve in Heaven.”

We trivialize the diabolical when we quarantine it as some kind of lunatic fringe or limit it to some subset of the mentally ill or new age devil worshiping cults. And what is more trivializing than denying the very existence of the Devil or evil?

There is a site on the internet which reports that there are 944,935,000 registered cases of induced abortion worldwide. These are only “registered” cases of abortion. Some countries have only kept records since 1992. Try if you can to wrap your minds around these numbers:

From 1971-2001…………………….. 299,246,000 registered abortions in China
From 1992-2004…………………….. 33,417,000 registered abortions in Russia
From 1949-2003…………………….. 76,564,000 registered abortions in Japan
From 1923-2005…………………….. 47,041,000 registered abortions in the United States

When all countries are considered the total is almost a billion registered abortions. Since the study ended in 2005, perhaps the billion mark has already been reached. This does not even take into consideration abortions that have not been officially registered, the murder of innocent children that is not on the books, although every single one is in God’s books.

As Pope Benedict has said: ” . . . the implicit goal of all of modernistic struggles for freedom is to be at last like a god who depends on nothing and no one, whose own freedom is not restricted by that of another. . . this desire presupposes not an image of God but an idol.” [Essential Pope Benedict XVI, 347]. And who might that idol be, I wonder?

The Pope goes on to say: “The question of abortion. In the radicalization of the individualistic tendency of the Enlightenment, abortion appears as a right of freedom: the woman must be able to take charge of herself. She must have the freedom to decide whether she will bring a child into the world or rid herself of it. She must have the power to make decision about her own life, and no one else can–so we are told–impose from the outside any ultimately binding norm. What is at stake is the right to self-determination. [Op Cit, 346]. The woman who aborts does not acknowledge that she and the child are “from” God. Nor does she acknowledge that she and the child are “for” God. This is the concept of total freedom. Historically, who other than Satan has dared to say that they are not “from” anyone or “for” anyone, but themselves?

Liberals are fond of calling the Middle Ages the “Dark Age.” I think I know a Dark Age when I see one and I’m looking at one right now.


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I am a retired Roman Catholic Bishop, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas
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