Its not fun to be at a BBQ without the B

Yesterday lovable Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe warned Quebec voters that the Conservatives were dangerous right-wing ideologues, in part because Charbonneau Barron is a member of the Catholic group Opus Dei. Duceppe, a supposed Catholic, is not impressed with this.

Which makes this statement all the more interesting:

Referring to the discovery that Nicole Charbonneau Barron, the Conservative candidate for St. Bruno-St. Hubert, a riding on Montreal's south shore, was the former spokesperson for the group, Duceppe called Opus Dei a "secret society" with a "narrow ideology" that doesn't fit with a modern Quebec.

"Those people are against a lot of things that are generally accepted in Quebec," he told reporters in Quebec City. "That candidate said very openly that self-whipping is a sacrifice they have to make. I question such practices."
First off, Duceppe's own regular Catholicism doesn't fit into the modern Quebec of low birthrates and Muslim conflicts.

Secondly, why is Dion so concerned about a candidates (alleged) practise of "self-whipping"? After all, he doesn't mind that one of his own MPs is a disgusting sodomite. Why is whipping, which Menard likely does in the presence of dozens of nubile young boys, not acceptable when done alone as a test of piety?