|The attractive, but despicable, Nicole Pandolfo.|
Fr. Z. touches upon the liberal confusion in a post in which he quotes Nicole Pandolfo who makes the claim, in the Washington Times, that the CCD classes she endured as a young Catholic taught her to "obsess over guilt feelings".
Fr. Z. replies
Are you kidding me? Where was that CCD class? I ‘d like to send the teachers an award. Is there anyone who believes a word of this woman’s tripe? In the last 30-40 years NO ONE who has done CCD was “taught to obsess over guilty feelings.” That era ended long before this young woman was born.
Indeed, what has become of "Catholic Guilt"? If this woman was obsessing over guilt feelings, she didn't get that from any CCD class. Most Catholic schools and almost all Directors of Religious Education and Catholic Education Programs have gotten the memo - sin no longer exists - so why feel guilty?
In the same manner, the Westians seem to be fighting the imagined Puritans within the Catholic Church or the make-believe Manicheans who are telling us that the body is evil. Where are all these Puritans and Manicheans? I've met a few, but they are a fringe group and no one takes them seriously. I know of no one in my large circle of acquaintances who despises the body or denigrates the function of sex.
But my point here is not about the strange ghosts the followers of Christopher West are fighting, but about why we lash out at straw men in general, and why, when it comes to morality, the straw man is always the Catholic Church.
Might I suggest, as I have before, that conscience is a much more powerful force than we give it credit for being? Granted, nobody likes to follow his or her conscience, so instead people write articles for the Washington Times in which they brag that they're pro-abortion, pro-sodomy, anti-marriage, anti-family and yet proudly Catholic without all that guilt.
Don't believe it for a minute.
Nicole Pandolfo didn't get any Catholic guilt from her CCD classes, but she got it the way we all do on matters of Natural Law - she got it directly from God. No one can live content with herself if she supports the killing of babies, if she turns a blind eye to the misery of the "gay" lifestyle, if she asserts that a selfish unmarried single life filled with promiscuity and sterile sex is a pleasing way to live; no one can do that without that little nagging voice causing problems here and there.
If we simply enjoyed sin so much, we'd simply enjoy it and shut up about how all those judgmental people in the Catholic Church keep picking on us - especially when they never really do.