Two very odd and rather funny things about this Matt McGuiness debate.
1. McGuiness' defenders in the comboxes here keep telling me over and over that I'm misreading him. And then they proceed to paraphrase what he's saying so that I can understand it, and they proceed to say exactly what I'm claiming McGuiness is saying. It goes something like this ...
"You've misread him totally! He's not saying you can sin your way to salvation! He's saying that if you're sinning a little bit, you should sin a whole lot more so you'll be miserable and repent and find salvation!"
2. It is impossible to criticize the content of anyone's argument without being accused of being judgmental and committing a mortal sin, such as calumny or detraction.
This is not so funny, actually.
For example, Dawn Eden, who was a victim of childhood sexual abuse, complains that McGuiness opens his article by making light of a teenage girl being sodomized. And what has the reaction been? Criticism of Dawn Eden! How dare she judge Matt McGuiness.
Anyway, keep your eye on the comboxes here and elsewhere and you'll see these two responses playing themselves out again and again. McGuiness, I'm afraid, has two more installments of his "reflections on pornography" still to be published (foolishly) by CNA, an organization that needs to man up and put a stop to this before it gets worse.
But they won't, and the voices of sanity and Catholic orthodoxy that will be raised will be shouted down for 1. misunderstanding things - which will then be explained in a way that makes it clear that nothing was misunderstood; and 2. for rash judgment, calumny, and detraction - for apparently if you say, "You are wrong to tell people that virtue, mortification and penance will not help sinners; that the only help for sin is more sinning," you are yourself a sinner in saying so.
But of course by that logic, if I'm really guilty of rash judgment, calumny and detraction, I should pile it on more and more, shouldn't I? If a porn addict who dabbles in porn should go all out and throw himself into porn, then a supercilious prig like me should go all out and become a real jack ass, right?
Now that's a game plan! And it's something I can handle!