March 28, 2002
Hitler, who must at least be given credit for political savvy,
understood the power of the big lie. Ordinary people tell little fibs every
day, he observed, and they expect public figures to tell little fibs too; but
they dont suspect lying on the grand scale. They fall for the really
audacious lie that flies in the face of reason, common sense, experience,
and the testimony of the senses. As Groucho Marx put it: Who are
you gonna believe me, or the evidence of your own eyes?
When the World Trade Center
collapsed in a terrible cloud of dust, I naively assumed that every sane
American would finally see the cost of U.S. policy in the Middle East. I
couldnt have been more mistaken. I didnt count on the Big
It was soon forthcoming. Benjamin
Netanyahu and his allegedly nonexistent amen corner in this
country quickly assured us that Muslim hatred of America had nothing
whatever in any way, shape, or form to do with American support for
Yet this was a falsehood so brazen as
to stun the reason and confuse the mental faculties; you could hardly
believe what you were hearing. Hitler and George Orwell would have
accorded it rueful admiration. Even Communist propaganda never
contradicted the obvious more boldly.
And it has worked. Today Israels amen
corner is calling for an American war on Israels enemies.
And, we are told, this has nothing to do with Israel!
Nobody is laughing.
A propagandist who knows his
business knows when to deny the obvious. He knows that in politics, there
is no such thing as undeniable. Ask Bill Clinton.
Consider the scandal of
pedophile priests in the Catholic Church. Strictly speaking,
a pedophile is one who is sexually attracted to young children of either
sex. The great majority of the victims in this scandal havent been
young children or girls. They have been adolescent males. The problem is
not pedophilia, but homosexuality.
The news media are in heavy denial
about this. They havent reported the real scandal in the Church: the
growth of an aggressive homosexual subculture an extension of
what W.H. Auden called the Homintern within the
Church, especially in the seminaries, which has produced a
disproportionately gay priesthood.
Time for the Big Lie. The enemies of
the Church, many of them nominal Catholics in the media, are blaming
these sacrilegious violations of Catholic standards on what else?
Catholic standards themselves. Not homosexuality, but celibacy
and Catholic sexual morality are to blame!
The truth is exactly the opposite.
Catholic authorities in this country have long since ceased enforcing the
old rules. Fearful of being called homophobic, they have
permitted the Homintern takeover and in some cases, trapped by their own
indulgence, have covered up for homosexual priests who preyed on
teenaged boys when they should have been punishing the offenders. Like
most weak men in authority, they hoped that the problem, if discreetly
concealed, would just go away by itself. Instead, it increased until it
If they were candid, the bishops
should be saying to the liberal culture and its news media:
This is what we get for taking your advice! This is what we get for
appeasing the homosexuals! This is what we get for neglecting our ancient
Catholic principles! That would be both a frank confession and a
Now that the bishops
permissiveness has blown up in their faces, the Big Lie has it that the
Church has been too strict!
Nobody is laughing.
If there were even a grain of truth in
the Big Lie, the problem would have been much more acute in the many
centuries when Church discipline was far more rigorous than it has been
lately. Sodomite priests would have been a chronic problem, a recurrent
scandal, and even a stereotype of Catholic-baiting.
But some Catholics are being
paralyzed by the Big Lie. Instead of asking how on earth celibacy has been
discredited by priests who violated every principle of Catholic morality,
they nod in passive assent when the Catholic media whores draw exactly
the wrong lessons from this horrid experience.
The real lesson, as usual, is that the
Church was right the first time. The legacy of Christ and his holy martyrs
includes the conviction that truth must be upheld in spite of all worldly
temptations and social pressures.