Bad Orthodox Catholic
After debuking "[t]he stereotype of traditionalist or just orthodox Catholics as 'pharisees' and 'Pelagians'–that is, obsessed with rules and puffed up with pride over their supposed spiritual superiority to average sinners, whom they despise as reprobates," Bonald reminds us that "it [is] become[ing] less and less possible to be a bad orthodox Catholic and think one can avoid going all the way for either God or the devil," and asks us to "remember that most Catholics have chosen the way of heresy instead, adjusting their beliefs to match their behavior rather than vice versa." An excpert:
- Like the Mexican priest in The Power and the Glory, Catholicism’s worst representative finds that he must shape up, because he’s getting to be Catholicism’s only representative. If you’re the only person in your workplace who believes that contraception is a sin, for example, it’s kind of important that you not be contracepting. It doesn’t matter if you’re a bad ambassador for chastity; you’re all there is.