Christian Holocausts

by Charles Cherry

This article is so good, I am going to quote it in its entirety:

By D.A. Davis
October 2007

D.A. Davis is a freelance writer in South Bend, Indiana.

The number of holocausts that have occurred in the past 100 years is incredible and the body count is astronomical. What is especially troubling is that many Catholic laymen and clergy are uninformed about the suffering, persecutions, massacres, and martyrdom that Catholics and other Christians have endured in recent history.

When I ask fellow Catholics if they are aware that an estimated five million Christian noncombatants were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust, I usually receive a blank stare. Many Catholics are also unaware that saints such as Edith Stein and Maximilian Kolbe were canonized after being killed in Nazi death camps. Additionally, most Christians don’t stop to consider that tens of millions of Christian soldiers died fighting to crush Nazism.

Most Christians do not know about the 14.5 million Ukrainian Orthodox Christians butchered by Communists seven years before the Jewish Holocaust. The Ukrainian Holocaust was part of an estimated 30 to 40 million people, primarily Christians, who were slaughtered in the Soviet Union by the commissars.

The murder of millions of Armenian Christians by the Turks at the beginning of the 20th century is also absent from collective Christian memory. The decades-long slaughter of hundreds of thousands of African Christians in Darfur has just recently made the news. It is presented in media channels as an ethnic struggle. Today, we can find blurbs tucked away in Section D of the newspapers about Christians being persecuted in China, India, Iraq, and Palestine/Israel.

What is even more disturbing is that these holocausts pale in comparison to the worldwide Abortion Holocaust, which has claimed the lives of hundreds of millions of unborn children. In the U.S. alone, an estimated 50 million abortions have occurred since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion nationwide in 1973.

National statistics indicate that an overwhelming number of Americans still consider themselves to be Christians. Yet Christians are exterminating themselves to the point that the U.S. must import tens of millions of immigrants to fill the workplace void.

The same dynamic is occurring in Europe, which is dying off because of abortion, contraception, and sterilization. The ultimate irony of all this is that abortion is illegal in most Islamic countries, which many Christians view as inherently evil. The Blessed Mother warned us at Fatima that God will punish the world because of the abomination of abortion and cast the unrepentant into the fires of Hell.

What do we do? It seems like we Christians need to take instructions from the Jewish people on how to remember our victims. We must end our silence and openly talk about the holocausts others have inflicted on us and the Abortion Holocaust we have inflicted upon ourselves. Christ’s followers must make memorials to honor these victims. We need movies, documentaries, radio programs, and talk shows. We must de-fund organizations, corporations, and media which either mock, trivialize, ignore, or omit the suffering of Christians and the unborn.

For obvious reasons, the Jews do not want mankind to forget what the Nazis did to them in the Shoah, lest it happen again. It is critical that we Christians who adhere to the Culture of Life apply the same logic. The difference between the violence of the Shoah and the violence against Christians and the unborn is that we Christians have let the world forget our suffering and the suffering of the aborted.

Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI identified the Nazi persecution of the Jews as monstrous. They have written and spoken repeatedly about the sanctity of all human life. Let us honor Christ and His Church in respect for life by remembering the terror inflicted by Satan’s followers on the unborn, Christians, Jews, Muslims, and those who thirst for Christ’s truth.

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