The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism

by John Zmirak


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Back by popular demand, the bestselling Politically Incorrect Guides provide an unvarnished, unapologetic overview of controversial topics every American should understand. The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism refutes misrepresentations and misconceptions about the Catholic Church and separates rumor from truth when it comes to Catholic traditions, faith, and controversial leaders.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621575863
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Publication date: 09/26/2016
Series: Politically Incorrect Guides Series
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 275,387
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

John Zmirak is an editor, college teacher, screenwriter, and political columnist. He is author of the popular Bad Catholic's Guides, Wilhelm Ropke, and The Race to Save Our Century. His essays, poems, and other works have appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, USA Today, the American Conservative, Modern Age, and Commonweal, among others. He edited a number of popular guides to higher education and served as press secretary to Louisiana governor Mike Foster.

Patrick Lawlor, an award-winning narrator, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many starred audio reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Church: What It Says about Itself, the World, and What Will Happen to You When You Die 1

Freak of Nature or Piece of Supernature? 4

It Started with Sin 8

Remnant of Israel, People of God 12

The Mystical Body of Christ 17

A Conversation You're Not Supposed to Have: Why Should We Believe Any of This Stuff? 22

Chapter 2 The Pope, the Other Bishops, and When and Why Catholics Have to Believe What They Say-and When and Why We Don't 27

Why Popes? Because the Buck Has to Stop Somewhere 29

The Magisteriuin: A Backstop against Creeping Unitarianism 33

The Law Written on the Human Heart 35

There Is No "Catholic" Ideology That We Have to Believe In 38

Does God Pick the Popes and Put Words in Their Mouths? 42

Cafeteria Catholics…and Feeding Tube Catholics 49

A Conversation You're Not Supposed to Have: The Pope Is Not an Oracle 52

Chapter 3 One, Holy, Catholic, and Thoroughly Splintered Church 57

Vatican II: Pope John XXIII's Fragmentation Bomb 59

The "Spirit of Vatican II" vs. the Texts of the Council 65

Chapter 4 How Birth Control Tore the Church Apart 69

The Church and the Pill 79

Chapter 5 Progressive Catholics and Their Permanent Revolution 85

Everybody's a (Biblical) Critic! 86

Camel Finding It Really Difficult to Get through the Eye of That Needle 87

The Priest (and Nun, and Lay Catholic) Shortage 88

Progressive Politics as a Substitute Religion 94

Chapter 6 They Kept the Faith: The "Orthodox" and Traditionalist Response to Post-Vatican II Chaos and Dissent 103

The Catholic Folk Resistance: The "Orthodox Catholic" Subculture 107

Tradition, Tradition! 112

How the Catholic Church Became a Subculture 116

The Rest of Us 119

Chapter 7 The Church and the Free Market 121

Catholicism or Socialism: Pick One 122

Money Is Not the Root of All Evil 125

Economics for Catholics Who Are Bad at Math 131

The Just Price Is the Market Price-as Thomas Aquinas Taught 132

Subsidiarity: The Catholic Church's Tea Party Principle 134

Solidarity: More than an Anti-Communist Labor Union 137

Solidarity Perverted 140

But What about Dorothy Day? 143

"God Bless Castro" 147

Chapter 8 Amnesty Equals Abortion 151

The Church's Teaching, Distorted by Our Shepherds 151

What the Church Actually Teaches on Immigration 158

"To the Extent They Are Able" 160

"Immigrants Are Obliged to Respect with Gratitude the Material and Spiritual Heritage of the Country That Receives Them" 165

"To Obey Its Laws and to Assist in Carrying Civic Burdens" 165

Mass Immigration as a Mode of Conquest and Plunder 169

Visible and Invisible 174

Cash Cows and Canon Fodder 176

Chapter 9 Is the Catholic Church a Global Gun-Free Zone? 181

Don't Try to Compete with Jesus 183

Gun Rights Are Human Rights 187

Eternal Vigilance Is the Price of Liberty 191

The Death Penalty: Confusing Mercy with Mushiness 194

Why Some Christians Oppose the Death Penalty-but Shouldn't 197

The God of the Happy Moments 200

St. John Paul II on Capital Punishment 202

The Church's Timeless Teaching on Self-Defense Assailed by Peaceniks at the Vatican 205

But What about the Crusades? 211

A Conversation You're Not Supposed to Have: Why Not Use Violence against Abortionists? 216

Chapter 10 Is the Church Anti-Science? 219

Did the Church Quash Education, Scientific Research, and Technological Development? 224

Galileo: Self-Aggrandizing Jackass 235

Will the Vatican Start an Infallible Weather Channel? 239

The Climate Changes-That's One of the Things It Does 243

Limiting Carbon Emissions: A Preferential Option for the Rich? 246

The Real Threat to Science Is Not the Catholic Church, but a Competing Religion: Scientism 249

Chapter 11 Sex, Sanity, and the Catholic Church 255

Abortion: The American Gulag, Holocaust, and Ukrainian Famine All Rolled Up in One 262

Replacing the Sexual Gold Standard with Monopoly Money 267

The Least Binding Contract You'll Ever Sign-How Marriage Became Much Less Sacred (and Eternal) than Student Loans 269

The Catholic Church's Alternative to the Chaos: Same as It Ever Was 274

Chapter 12 Temptations and Opportunities for the Church 285

Putative Pro-Lifers and Verbal Pacifism 293

"Celibate" Gay Catholic Wedding Ceremonies, in Church? 300

The "Benedict Option": Hiding Our Light under a Bushel in the Vain Hope the World Will Leave Us Alone 304

When Christians Give Up on Freedom 310

The Stench of Corruption: Child Abuse 316

Signs of Hope and Opportunity for Catholics 321

Core Principles We Can Cling To 325

Acknowledgments 327

Notes 329

Index 359

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