The post-election handwringing is in full swing. A number of posts and comments on the Insight Scoop blog lament that only if the laity were better formed, if only they went to Mass more often, if only the bishops were better teachers, this whole pro-life election fiasco could have been avoided and the Republicans would be returned to office to general cheer and acclamation.
Not everybody thinks the laity are so dumb. And some of them are even in the same camp.
What might a believer’s post-mortem look like? Probably not the blame game. It might be easier to write off bishops–outspoken or apathetic, priests–outspoken or diplomatic, lay people–dumb or best-formed ever, but it’s very hard to write off one’s own strategies and tactics.
If activists start from false suppositions, future efforts will steer them off the road and deeper into the wilderness. Rather than assume every other conservative blogger and bishop is right, why not ask people directly? Even if they’re dumb, they know enough to talk; and if asked politely, they might actually give some insightful answers.