The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism, by Mark Tapson.

A 2015 Pew survey reported that the total number of Catholics in the United States dropped by 3 million since 2007, now comprising about 20 percent … of the total population. Catholicism is losing more members than it gains at a higher rate than any other denomination — a recent development which the radical progressives at Salon celebrate. …

The fastest-growing religion in the country and around the world is Islam — something Salon radicals also no doubt celebrate. The fundamentalist brand of Islam that is once again on the rise is antithetical, indeed openly hostile, to the values of Western civilization, and for many centuries Catholicism as a central component of European identity was a bulwark against its spread.But for various reasons the West has lost confidence in its cultural identity and moral authority in recent decades, and the result has been submission to decadence, and to Islam. If we are to reverse a civilization in rapid decline, we must undertake a resurgence of Western exceptionalism with a militant Christian ethos at its core. …

Enter John Zmirak’s timely book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism. …

The cover also features such triggering bullet points as:

  • Catholic teaching favors gun rights, capitalism, and a strong defense
  • Catholic “social teaching” isn’t liberal, it’s conservative
  • Catholic doctrine doesn’t require open borders

and perhaps most politically incorrect and offensive:

  • The Crusades are something to be proud of. …

Among the good things the Church has brought to the world are the university, the hospital, the world’s greatest art, modern science, the strongest check in history on the power of the state, and overall a new and improved Western civilization in the wake of the fall of the Roman Empire.

In our culture’s rush to inflate Islam’s reputation by crediting Muslims with inventing everything from algebra to the astrolabe, Catholicism’s actual achievements by comparison are world-beating. …

Zmirak points out that the Church “has never taught that pacifism is the appropriate response to conflict.” True, there are strict requirements for legitimate defense, but “Christian pacifism would leave Christian nations defenseless from conquest and persecution at the hands of aggressive non-Christians.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil