This initiative aims to reach out to Catholic men in the UK - married and single, lay and religious, young and old - in order to encourage fraternity and persistence in the faith.
Subconsciously, many men know that fraternity will make humbling demands of them. It will challenge them to do the things they should be doing, but don’t because there is no one keeping them accountable. Isolation makes us inert, inertia makes us susceptible to temptation and sin, and sin further isolates us from our brethren and from God.
Men have been given a divine mission of fatherhood (spiritual and biological), one that we have largely forgotten or ignored to the detriment of families, society and the Church.
A picture of a father in tears at London’s recent Extinction Rebellion demonstration left me troubled.
Anecdotally, it seems that the traditional Mass attracts proportionately more men than modern forms of the Mass. Why is it that Catholic lay men in particular are drawn to the traditional Mass? What is there about its form that appeals to Catholic men of our time?
In creating the conditions for abortion to occur, men have surrendered ownership of their nature as fathers. They have allowed abortion to dismantle fatherhood, and now fatherhood has been erased from the debate. The answer is to rebuild the narrative of men as fatherly protectors and as disciplined, defensive warriors of the family.
All the decorum of the past has been lost. This means that a Catholic man in the modern world cannot rely on simply evading the things that might cause him to succumb. It is an unwelcome fact that impurity and immodesty are so ingrained in the culture as to make complete avoidance unlikely at best, and impossible at worst.
Contrary to what one is led to expect from men, there was a respectable amount of self-reflection and identification of personal issues. Attaining an authentic sense of masculinity is important to men. Further exploration is required into the choice of ‘courage’ as a preferred character trait – why do men feel it’s so important? Why might they be lacking it, and what do they feel they could do better once they have it?
HENRY WALKER In an age so upside down as our own, any notion of chastity in men is criticised and considered useless, weak or even feminine. It appears that in many areas of life the Truth has been flipped directly on its head. Now it seems that unrestrained indulgence is the manly disposition, rather than... Continue Reading →
Definitions of the word 'manhood' more or less agree that we’re talking about a state or condition of being an adult male with the associated qualities and responsibilities. Today’s debate on masculinity has come about because we have lost a fixed point of reference for those qualities and responsibilities. Being a man is no longer... Continue Reading →