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He issued a condemnation of Jansenism, a pessimistic religious movement then prevalent in France, but also wrongheadedly refused permission to missionaries in China to use Chinese rituals -- with disastrous long-term consequences for the fortunes of Catholicism in that great land.
Nigel wanted attention -- from the Morriseys, from Lavinia -- but he went about getting it exactly the wrong way, as wrongheadedly as a child who will never win his parents' love and whose very gesture leeches what little sense of duty they might have.
The people's choice in wrongheadedly rejecting God only further confirms its legitimacy by arguing implicitly that God has so much respect for the social contract that he will even allow his own chosen people to reject his political rule.