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Thursday, August 1, 2019

The War on Men in the Church: Where have all the Young Men Gone?

Where have all the young men gone?
Certainly not to the Knights of Columbus!
Remember the anti-war song, Where Have All the Flowers Gone? I read an article at Crisis Magazine this morning, No Parish for Real Men, that made me think of it and the war in the Church.

The song asks, "Where have all the young men gone?" Catholics could well ask that question of their bishops. The attack on the faith doesn't just involve an attack on doctrine, the liturgy, reverence, etc. It's an attack on manhood.

In my own parish, most of the lectors, cantors, and extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist are women. We don't have altar girls, thank God, but adult men seem to have disappeared from most parish roles outside the Knights of Columbus. And even that organization looks more and more like a refuge for the geriatric set. In Europe the pews are empty except for old women fingering their rosaries. Thank God for grandmothers, but our boys need male role models vigorously defending the faith. There's a man crisis in the Church and that translates to a Catholic crisis in the family. [Read more here.]

The female-dominated Church is so common that, when my husband and I travel, I sit up and take notice when a man walks to the lectern. Generally women do the readings and the altar girls outnumber the boys, if, in fact, there are any boys at all. I can think of one exception. When we visit our daughter's TLM parish in a Pittsburgh suburb, the "woman's place" is in the pews and most sit there with their children, all the girls in dainty chapel veils that make them look like little brides.

At the entrance hymn one can hear women in the congregation singing, but during most of the Mass male voices from the schola fill the Church with Gregorian chant. The sanctuary sans women reminds one of the Last Supper where Jesus  presided with his twelve apostles. The altar BOYS impress one with their reverent service to the priest who is alter Christus (another Christ). My son-in-law sits with his notebook during the sermon (obviously not from the internet!) recording things he wants to remember and reflect on during the week.

How I love to be at that Mass when we visit thanking God for a service where silence reigns instead of the social hall atmosphere of most modern parishes including my own. No silly songs by Marty Haugen or Carey Landry insult our ears. No immodest or inappropriate clothing insults our eyes. Distraction is limited, because the Lord is clearly and unequivocally the center of worship, and all eyes are on Him. The worship revolves around a sacrifice, not a banquet.

The liturgy is ground zero in the war against the Church. And there at the TLM it is the men who are the warriors protecting their families. The TLM is their boot camp and training mission. We know some of the families at our daughter's parish and see them raising the troops who will defend the faith in the next generation. Praised be to God!

Yes, we are in a war. And we can't allow the war of attrition to continue, where our men called to serve are fleeing the field. The next battleground is the muddy rainforest of the Pan-Amazon Synod. If the Church wreckers get their way, the celibate priesthood will get the axe and women deacons will ascend to high places in hopeful preparation for women's ordination, an impossibility. Men will continue to run from a feminized Church that treats them as expendable and homosexuals and metro-sexuals in roman collars will happily celebrate the exodus of real men from their effeminate enclaves. Those of us who care about the future of the Church need to resist, hold our ground, and work to regain the field calling our men to be the real men God calls them to be!

Indeed, "where have all the young men gone?" And what can bring them back?


rohrbachs said...

Tie your donations to the preaching of Humanae Vitae, the most chivalrous encyclical. The pope, within the document, asked for his pastors to preach it. If he is not preaching it, maybe he is not a pastor.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Good suggestion. We continue to get silence from the pulpit on Humanae Vitae and the sexual immorality that is destroying so many lives. The epidemic in port, gender is all an outcome of denying reality beginning with the reality that the only moral sex is in a committed marriage relationship that recognizes the dual purposes of the marital embrace: unity and procreation.

Buddy Smith said...

I read the article in Crisis and it shows where the root of the problem is in the Catholic Church: THE BISHOPS!!!
The Church has been so feminized that men find it unappealing and most fall away.
As I was reading the article it brought to mind why the left wing clergy hate The Traditional Latin a word it is very MASCULINE with the almost militaristic precision and the reverent gestures of priest & altar boys. Men are wired for battle (spiritual battle) to protect their families and go to war for them but I’m afraid most of our bishops are not so concerned with spiritual warfare or the souls of their flock as they are how much money each parish turns in on Monday morning!
The article in Crisis never mentions TLM but it really isn’t to difficult to follow the bread crumbs back to the effeminate and their hatred for TLM and everything Catholic.
I live in the God forsaken Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in WV and very happily travel over an hour every Sunday to go to The Traditional Latin Mass in Pittsburgh where there is no ambiguity as to who is being worshiped...Jesus is the center of Holy Mass not the “presider”
We must stay and fight this evil in the Church and Our Lord will give us all the grace we need to do His Holy Will!

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Thanks for the insightful comment, Buddy. You may go to the same parish my daughter does who lives in Zelienople. Is it the TLM congregation that just got their own church? I can't remember the name offhand, but my daughter and her family love it. The kids actually ask to go and sing in the choir. We've been there several times when we visit and I agree with everything you say.

Buddy Smith said...

Yes, Mary Ann: The Latin Mass Parish has been renamed The Precious Blood. The priests are from The Institute of Christ the King and are absolutely outstanding priests that call a spade a spade

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Maybe one day we'll meet. I'm not sure when we'll be visiting next, but when we do, we'll be going to the TLM for sure.

Buddy Smith said...

I would like that