September 06, 2011

Excerpts from "The Bad Catholic Guide"

The guy is hilarious:
"Call me a Chesterton-style Catholic. And yes, I have no Bernanos."

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"[If not for the Fall], man's world would have been a vast but pious nudist colony that didn't make you cringe, look away, and wish for 'quality control'."

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"One might start by violently truncating a single range of activities - by getting rid of your iPad and Blackberry, for instance, and insisting on some time during the day when you are both silent and unreachable. Use that time for some idiot-simple repetitive prayer, like the Rosary or Divine Mercy chaplet. It might seem useless at first, but it surely can't do any harm. (Indeed, we have assurance in forms of dozens of creepy, wonder-working apparitions that such prayer makes a huge difference in the the world, but never mind that for now.)

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"[Historically], the mass of people lived in sparsely functional homes but lavished their extra wealth on decorating their places of worship. In the 1970s, we threw this engine in reverse. We focused on making our homes into comfy, high-tech palaces, while churches were stripped of ornament, thrown together out of cheap concrete and decorated with chintzy abstract windows, crappy banners, and Ficus trees."

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"I don't think I'm lapsing into Gnosticism when I say that, for much of mankind, sexuality is less like a big, shiny present left for us by a loving Father than a dose of poison ivy that lasts for decades - which it's a mortal sin to scratch."

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