Sunday, July 23, 2006

Is Traditional Catholicism "Masculine"?
...if so, what are we to make of the Novus Ordo?

Most of us have at least heard of the "feminization of the Catholic priesthood". Let's be honest, those are just code words for our priesthood being overrun with effeminate sissies. But back to the initial question: is traditional Catholicism masculine?

Now that begs the question, what's the traditional teaching of the Church on what is and isn't masculine?

I do know that the patriarchs and prophets of the Old Testament always referred to The Creator in the masculine. I also know that Jesus referred to God the Father as just that... Father. Not Mother, not Parental Unit Of Undetermined Gender... but Father. In fact, didn't Christ cry out "Abba!"? As we all know, "Abba" roughly translates to papa or daddy.

And, unfortunately, we have present day, clerics, religious and laity who toy with the idea of "God the Mother". And yes, I've read in Catholic textbooks "Our Father and Mother who art in heaven...". God the Father isn't some androgynous freak. If you disagree with me, take it up with Jesus.

Now I'm not saying that God the Father is physically a man, but God the Father is described in the masculine, with masculine attributes. All that must be for a reason... right?

But anyhow, we have not only the honchos from the Old Testament, but Christ Himself describing Our Creator in the masculine. But why?

It's real simple... men and women are different. One isn't superior and one isn't inferior. Just different. Or should I say compatible. Men are meant to do certain things that only men can do, and women are meant to do certain things that only women can do.

And that's the traditional teaching of Holy Mother the Church. In a nutshell, I'm the head of the household, and my wife is the soul of the household. To use the automobile analogy, I'm the steering wheel, my wife is the engine. I set the course, she keep us all on the straight and narrow. And like The Holy Bible tells me, I cling to her.

Oh, I'd like to point out that the Saint that we have the highest regard for (hyper-dulia) is a woman. The Holy Mother is the utter epitome of the best that humanity has to offer. Not St. Peter, not St. Paul, not St. Francis, Not Pope St. Pius X.... but The Holy Mother.

So for us, The Church Militant here on earth, The Holy Trinity is most definitely in charge. Always has, always will be. But who is it that sets the example for us, we simple mortal creatures? Who do we emulate, we simple human beings? The answer is obvious. And without fail, the Holy Mother always points us to God.

The traditional teaching of The Church has clear and defined the roles for men and women. Remember the old saying "be a man!!"? Well, that pretty much sums up what the 2,000 year old teaching of The Church is. That is until present day. Today's New & Improved Vatican II Approved Church most definitely blurs the distinction between the two.

Oh, one more thing I'd like to add; why do women wear Chapel Veils at the Latin Mass? Simple... (pointing to the Tabernacle)... we have a habit in traditional Catholicism of placing a veil on what we consider sacred.


Blogger Christine said...

excellent post!

4:45 PM  
Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

A LOUD amen to every word! Great post.

7:17 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Somewhat (albeit, tenuously) related.

I remember reading a brief bio of a Protestant who converted to Eastern Orthodoxy. One of the draws, for him, was that Orthodoxy was "difficult" and "demanding". Maybe those are "masculine" qualities missing in the NO but present in the TLM.

It may be a gross generalization, but I think men tune out when they're presented with an oprah-fied, touchy-feely, sprituality that makes no demands on them.

7:24 PM  
Blogger Gaufridus said...

Let women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted them to speak, but to be subject, as also the law saith.
But if they would learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is a shame for a woman to speak in the church.

--Corinthians, XIV : 34-35

11:20 AM  
Blogger Dymphna said...

Lovely post.

7:04 PM  

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