It’s that time of the year. Graduation! It’s a joyous time, only slightly dulled by the mind-numbing boredom of the actual ceremony.
Recently I heard a pretty good commencement speech at a Catholic university. The speaker mentioned all the ways faith in general, and the Catholic Church in particular, is losing ground in the modern world, and he called on the graduates to make a difference, stop the bleeding, win back the culture, etc. It was a pretty good talk.
To his credit, he didn’t fall into the old “if you dummies just did what the all-wise Magisterium says, all would be sweetness and light.” Rather, he admitted that the church needs a game-changer — a new approach. He called on the graduates to come up with something.
Yes, the Catholic Church needs a game changer. Let me recommend a starting point. The Family.
Now that might strike you as an odd comment, since it seems as if the Catholic Church already emphasizes the family. But the question you have to ask is whether the way the Catholic Church is emphasizing the family is having any impact. I would say that it is not, and the reason it isn’t is that their agenda (or at least part of it) is contrary to nature. And to Scripture, too … if that matters.
The Catholic Church essentially wants women to be men and men to be grovelling sissies.
The default assumption in Catholicism is that spirituality is feminine, therefore the women are the spiritual leaders in the home, and … oh, never mind that, they’re just plain the leaders. The wife is “she who must be obeyed,” and all that.
This is contrary to nature. Men don’t want it. Children don’t want it. Women don’t even want it.
Some brave Catholic needs to take the valid insights from posts like this and translate them into Catholic theology and culture. He needs to be willing to stand up against the inevitable $hi+ storm that will come at him, and he needs to be able to present this in a positive, friendly, winsome way.
That is the game changer the Catholic Church needs, and that would truly revolutionize the church and the culture.