Father Martin Inches Closer To The Brink
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But that isn't the point of my contention. Its because the whole point of manhood, the very nature of fatherhood is to be a patriarch, a warrior, a monk and a lover.
And these splendid prototypes of masculinity were passed over or missed by Marshall.
I couldn't care less what a man drinks or smokes or doesn't drink or doesn't smoke, so long as he understands what his purpose in life is for. And to that, unless a man configures his manhood on the perfect manhood of Jesus Christ, he will always, ALWAYS get it wrong.
Man as Patriarch.
In my lifetime, there had never been a greater public-relations problem for the Church. For the previous ten years, the world press had free reign to trash, slander, detract, and calumny the Catholic Church and therefore the faith and there was no end in sight.
In the United States, as a result of court orders and legislation, parish life has been transformed. We’ve become bureaucratized to the point that even volunteers need background checks and must take tests on diocesan websites. Priests themselves have developed the habit of standing two feet away from everyone for fear of finding themselves embroiled in accusations of abuse.
Some of my priest friends who took great pride in their vocation quietly stopped wearing clerics when shopping at the store or going on trips. Many young people just stopped attending Mass; they were just too embarrassed over the bad press. Many Catholics just felt a profound sense of demoralization, and it only became worse with every revelation, every court decision, every defrocking, arrest, disclosure. And it never seemed to stop, year after year.