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Friday, September 12, 2003



Mercy at the Heart's Door is another new post-abortion ministry, created by Karen Allen Campbell.

In this article, Campbell describes all the ways that her type of counseling differs from others.

One difference in her philosophy is that:

"Post-abortion counseling must state that abortion is a sin rather than merely a mistake or a bad choice."

She also says that post-abortion counseling should only be done in a one-on-one setting, and that it should be done through a local church, not through a para-church organization.

Going back to the sin thing, though....I'm really glad I never ran into this attitude in my long dry and thirsty years in the desert.

Maybe it's because I am Catholic, but I believe that it is up to me to determine whether or not in my particular circumstances I have sinned. When I go into the confessional, I tell the priest the conclusion I have reached about that.

I don't tell the priest what I did, and invite him to decide for me whether I have sinned.

In counseling in general, as the word is normally used, the point of counselling is for the counsellee to reach conclusions that are genuinely THEIR conclusions, not to passively accept lectures from opinionated counselors with an agenda.

There can be value in meeting one-on-one with someone who will be frankly and openly directive, with an explicit agenda of conforming your opinion to their opinion. This might be called "spiritual direction" or "spiritual accountability" or some other phrase. Perhaps "post-abortion lecturing".

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