COLOGNE, January 7, 2005 ( – Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne, who will host the upcoming 2005 World Youth Day, compared abortion to the Nazi holocaust in his sermon for the January 6 commemoration of the Epiphany, commemorating the visit of the three Kings of the East to the infant Jesus. 

Cardinal Meisner said, “first there was Herod, who ordered the children of Bethlehem to be killed, then there was Hitler and Stalin among others, and today unborn children are being killed in their millions”. 

The comparison was immediately condemned by the pro-abortion Green party and the Social Democrats who demanded the Cardinal apologize for his insult to the holocaust victims, reports Deutsche Welle. In addition, the President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Paul Spiegel, told the German publication Spiegel that the Cardinal should “distance himself immediately from the unacceptable comparison.” 

However, a spokesman for the Cardinal replied to the outrageous accusations saying, “The Cardinal made a connection between abortion and major crimes in history. He did not denigrate the Jews, but denounced the crimes of Hitler and Stalin.” 

Pro-lifers have long known that the comparison between the Nazi holocaust and the abortion holocaust is very effective since it brings home the truth that abortion, like the Nazi holocaust, involves the killing of numerous innocent human beings. 

The vehement condemnation of the comparison by pro-abortion groups appears to have emphasized its effectiveness. 

The Pro-Life Encyclopedia notes that it may be said that the abortion holocaust “is far worse than the Nazi Holocaust, not only in sheer numbers of deaths, but in the fact that tens of millions of women have had their consciences deadened to the point that they want to abort their children for convenience.”