Remember back in the 80s when 'bad' was actually slang for 'good'? I think that's what Lino must mean when he refers to Maureen as a 'Bad Catholic'. Today's show featured the game "Are you smarter than a bad Catholic?" Of course, Lino expects that anyone who calls into the show would know more about Catholicism than our favorite producer.
But is it such a bad thing to be a 'bad Catholic'? I'm not advocating leaving Mass after Communion or avoiding the Confessional. Remember, though, that pride is one of the seven deadly sins. (Ironically, it was the sin that the new Catholic forgot and therefore lost to Maureen).
Just look in the Bible - Jesus was ticked off that the Pharisees thought they were so holy and "all that" (Matthew 23:15). St. Paul tells us that God chose the foolish to shame the wise (1 Corinthians 1:27), and St. Peter urges us to humble ourselves so that God may lift us up in due time (1 Peter 5:6).
So, it must be a convoluted compliment when Lino refers to Maureen as a 'bad Catholic'. Right?
If only this logic applied to professional baseball ... in that case, my Astros are doing a wonderful job of humbling themselves. God, whenever you're ready to lift them up, I'm ready. Thanks.