ROME, February 23, 2005 ( – A new ‘ideology of evil’ is threatening society and it includes gay ‘marriage,’ and abortion writes Pope John Paul II in his new book, “Memory and Identity.” 


The book is about his experiences with 20th-century totalitarianism and its effects on him as a priest, bishop and Pope. “Memory and Identity,” which publishers expect to be a best-seller, was made available today and has already come under attack from Jewish groups. In it, the Pope drew a parallel with abortion and the Nazi Holocaust.

Pope John Paul calls abortion a “legal extermination” and compares its institution with the German laws which declared the Jews non-persons and allowed them to be murdered by the state. He wrote, “It was a legally elected parliament which allowed for the election of Hitler in Germany in the 1930s.”

John Paul wrote that abortion and legalized genocide are both the result of people usurping the “law of God” in the name of democracy. “We have to question the legal regulations that have been decided in the parliaments of present-day democracies. The most direct association which comes to mind is the abortion laws. Parliaments which create and promulgate such laws must be aware that they are transgressing their powers and remain in open conflict with the law of God and the law of nature.”

The president of Germany’s Central Council for Jews, Paul Spiegel, said, “The Catholic Church does not understand or does not want to understand that there is an enormous difference between mass genocide and what women do with their bodies.” 

Speigel and other pro-abortion Jewish leaders, however, do not speak for all Jews. In 2003, Rabbi Yehuda Levin wrote about a poster he saw in New York city that declared, “STOP The Silent Holocaust — 2,000,000 children destroyed by abortion in Israel.” The poster is part of a campaign sponsored by a Jewish/Israeli group, EFRAT-C.R.I.B, dedicated to stopping abortion in Israel. 

The Pope has also raised the ire of homosexual activists when he suggested that the world-wide push for same sex unions is part of an ideology of evil. “It is legitimate and necessary to ask oneself if this is not perhaps part of a new ideology of evil, perhaps more insidious and hidden, which attempts to pit human rights against the family and against man.” he wrote. 


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