Sunday, March 19, 2006

Hey Buddy, You Carrying Anything In That Scrotum?
“Male and female He created them.” Gen. 1:27

Balls, nuts, huevos, rocks...slang words for twin parts of the male anatomy, but also a metaphor for the manly virtue known as fortitude, bravery, courage, or another slang term, guts.

Sadly, too many men in this country, and that includes the ones who are Catholic, have forgotten – or never learned – what is means to be a man.

Thanks to the highjacking of Vatican II by the radicals, too many priests have forgotten their role a member of the ordained (and, all male) priesthood and surrendered their positions to liturgical committees usually dominated by women, primarily women with an agenda. A perfect example of how “ball-less” many of our priests have become, just listen to how they water-down, tiptoe around, and downright alter the part about the role of husbands and wives in St. Paul’s epistle to the Colossians. They need to remember that when Jesus spoke, he “taught with authority.”

This effect on our clergy has not been missed by some manly priests. Check out “The Emasculation of the Priesthood” by Father James McLucas.

Thanks to the aggressiveness of the radical feminist movement, the castrating effect of political correctness, and the fear of accidentally offending some overly sensitive woman who overhears male humor and getting an EEO complaint (This is not to be confused with intentionally offensive behavior or, worse, sexual harassment, which should be penalized and which any real man would not tolerate. Real men are also gentlemen who revere, uphold, and protect women.), many men have turned into wimps or pretend to be something they’re not.

Fortunately, the effect on our culture in general has even been noticed by members of academe. (Yeah, I was surprised to learn there was any testosterone on the Harvard faculty, too.) Naomi Schaefer Riley covers it in her article, “Calling All Hombres: A Harvard sage makes the case for manliness.”

Please chime in with your suggestions, but here’s a few things I offer to turn around this trend.

Edify and exhort any manly priest you know. Let them know they’re appreciated and supported. (They have given up a lot to serve the Lord, and us.) Compliment any “gutsy” sermon.

No more homosexuals admitted to the seminary (or ordained, if they’re already in the seminary).

No more “altar girls.”

How about bringing back some masculine hymns. I don’t know about eating quiche, but real men don’t/won’t sing “On Eagle’s Wings.” Give me anything in Latin, say “Tantum Ergo,” or something strong and militaristic, such as “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” (yeah, yeah, I know it was written by a heretic, but I defy you to find anything un-Catholic in the theology).

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman tells the story of Greek warrior and philosopher Heraclitus. From the battlefield, Heraclitus complained to Athens about the reinforcements being sent to him. He said only 10 out of 100 were fighters, and only one of them was a true warrior. The other 90 were worthless in battle. Is this what the men of the Church in America have become? As it stand today, many would say “yes.”

St. Joseph, man among men, pray for us.

8 Comments:

Blogger DigiHairshirt said...

Caveman, I am with you on everything except altar girls. I was one when I went to an all-girls summer camp run by the Sisters of Christian Doctrine and I hope my daughter becomes one as well. BUT, this does not mean I want to see female priests - we ladies have enough on our hands bringing children up in the Holy Catholic Church. You want a vocation? Try parenting.

I for one make sure I wish my priests a Happy Father's Day when it comes around. Funny, but most of the priests I know have ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEM with celibacy, remarking how they knew it was the rule going in and that is their sacrifice for the sake of the Church. How 'bout that? But then, maybe I only hang out with men dedicated to their vocation.

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Kurt said...

Real men know they image God to their children so always attend Mass with their families.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Lana said...

AMEN brother!

1:06 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

DIGI,
As much as I would like to lay claim to this posting... I cannot.

Former Altar Boy is the wordsmith responsible for this one. (ain't it a great post!!??)

5:04 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Actually, I'd subject these girlyman priests to some real Catholic women:

Mary Ann Glendon

Alice von Hildebrand

Rhonda Chervin

Donna Steichen

Monica Migliorino Miller

Imagine their reactions...

6:50 PM  
Blogger prevat2 said...

Vocations will continue to be barely visible as long as Novus Ordo parishes insist on using female altar servers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. In so many Novus Ordo parishes, little boys and young men no longer see the priesthood as something majestic, uniquely special, and something to aspire to. Little boys and young men do NOT want a feminized faith. To believe otherwise is to forget how young males see the world around them.

8:38 AM  
Blogger The Confessionator said...

as for the male humor, women's humor can be pretty disgusting to men. I'm sure if you were at work, and you heard a bunch of ladies joking about menstruation, you would NOT want to hear it.

5:05 PM  
Blogger Bernard Brandt said...

Hear, hear!

About stinkin' time that someone asked Catholic priests to acquire some cojones.

And as regards liturgistas, I recall the time that one of that number asked my parish priest (who is quite adequately equipped, thank you) what choices when "celebrating" the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.

His response to her: "What choices? I start at the beginning of the book, and I read through until the end."

Now that's a priest!

3:07 PM  

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