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.
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 →
We Catholic men have a choice before us. Either we arise from our stupor and put our houses in order, then pick up our weapons and join the battle, or we let the effluence of fear and despair creep deep into our souls and we give up entirely. Each, individual man, in his own environment and with his own particular set of circumstances, has that singular choice to make: get a grip or give up.
As the head of our domestic church, we should strive to be prudent with our finances so we can wholly serve and protect the best interests of our family. Financial responsibility is the idea that one must ultimately take ownership for managing one’s own finances and eventually the finances of one's family. The man should step up and take on the responsibility with grace.
According to Thomas Aquinas, effeminacy is an unwillingness to put aside one’s pleasure in order to pursue what is arduous. This is also his definition of sloth, but the difference is that sloth is the aversion of what’s hard whereas effeminacy is the disordered attachment to pleasure.
I get it; it’s a serious debate with potentially serious consequences. But leave it to the academics, those who are really qualified, to thrash it out in private and then wait for them to report back. Sure, inform yourself and share your thoughts judiciously, but a 2000-year old church doesn’t have the kind of problems that get solved in two weeks just because, well, the internet.
It is no coincidence in an age of uncertainty and fear that we are so obsessed with superheroes. Our collective consciousness craves security in the knowledge that someone is doing something in a world where chaos is so prevalent and its cause so intangible. As soon as we seem to have a handle on one... Continue Reading →