I understand that the critique is of people who “pick and choose” the aspects of Catholicism that they want to follow, while ignoring others. Here’s the thing: the Catholic tradition has a richness and a depth only achieved through two millennia of theological development and faithful innovation. There is NO CONCEIVABLE WAY that a person could faithfully follow ALL that the Catholic Church teaches. We all pick and choose which aspects of Catholic teaching and tradition we will try to live out most fully, as we all have differing gifts and goals. Yes, we should absolutely try to recognize where in our lives we can better round out our embodiment of faith: striving for social justice, personal holiness, prayer, charity, proclaiming the word, sanctity of life, and so on. But this Cafeteria Catholicism isn’t just a “liberal” Catholic “problem”—if you think that the pro-life movement is immune to it, think again: Bishop Robert Lynch of St Petersburg, Florida, wrote a blog post last week criticizing some in the pro-life movement for being “merely anti-abortion”. Read his post here and coverage of it here.