MY CONSERVATIVE FRIEND AND COGNITIVE DISSONANCE
I have blogged before how my conservative friend’s reasoning fascinates me. Recently we discussed the Montreal Catholic archdiocese forbidding priests to be alone with children. My friend believes that the “liberal media” exaggerated the sex-abuse scandal involving the Catholic church.
“It was only a few priests,” he said, “and the media blew it out of proportion.”
“You’re saying that the world-wide sex-abuse scandal, involving the Catholic church, was only a few priests?” I asked.
“Yup. The media exaggerated.”
“If it was only a few priests, then why would the Montreal Catholic archdiocese forbid priests to be alone with children?”
“It’s a public relations ploy. The church is only doing it to appease the media.”
“But the U.S. Catholic church alone paid out nearly 4 billion dollars for sex-abuse settlements involving cases from 1950 until August, 2015.”
“Oh I don’t believe that. It’s an exaggeration because the liberal media likes to pick on the conservative Catholic church.”
“Have you ever heard of cognitive dissonance?”
“No,” he said. “What’s that?”