The main thrust of Coyne’s argument is that “I would rather be inside the Church and watching it try to change than outside and bitching about why it isn’t bothering to”. It’s understandable to her that people chose to leave the institution, but she can’t square the fact that our cultural and spiritual heritage was bequeathed to a group of, well, right-wingers. “We all left, and we let the church keep the faith. Literally.” Coyne goes back and forth over whether modern left-wing values can fit with Catholicism. The contrasting opinions of those she interviews pull the reader in many directions.