“Why I Avoid Both the Catholic Left and Right”
The first thing to keep in mind is that following Christ is not a career move. The mark of authentic conversion is that it costs you something, not that it gains you something. So if you’re trying to become, say, a “pro-life” or an anti-war or a convert celebrity, that is something, but it is not Christianity. That is to bring the world into the temple; that is to be a money-changer in the temple: to make a name for yourself, to cultivate a reputation, to strive for notoriety based not on your love, but on your “views.” Both the right and the left are simply variations on “the world” in which the goal is power, prestige, efficiency, triumph, and the goal is to shame or bully other people into changing without changing one iota yourself. The Catholic media that traffic in this sort of incessant “opinion”-driven “discussion” seem to me to have very little, if anything, to do with Christ. Keep your own side of the street clean and pray–pray for us all–is more my idea.
To write some snarky “opinion” doesn’t cost anything. That’s cheap grace.
Catholic polemicists, don’t miss this stunning essay by the memoirist Heather King.