Faithless Is Who Faithless Does
Father Z has a blog post with a comment from Ross Douthat to the new Apostolic Excrementation. I have kept the emphases.
A slippage that follows from this lack of confidence is one of the most striking aspects of the pope’s letter. What the church considers serious sin becomes mere “irregularity.” What the church considers a commandment becomes a mere “ideal.” What the church once stated authoritatively it now proffers tentatively, in tones laced with self-effacement, self-critique.
What this means is very simple: this man has no faith. To him, the rules are an embarrassment, and the commandments obstacles. All the rest flows from there.
We must start saying it out loud: if one speaks faithless words, it is because he has no faith within. This man does not believe in God, full stop.