Bishop Thomas Olmsted discusses his recently released exhortation to Catholic men and the particular challenges he sees facing men of faith today.
CWR: You say that men and women are complementary, not competitors. How do you see this as being demonstrated or lived out in a healthy marriage?
Bishop Olmsted: In a healthy marriage, a wife is able to appreciate her femininity and the husband his masculinity. Pope Francis reminded us in the Synod of the Family that one must appreciate his/her body before he/she can have a significant encounter with the opposite sex.
God, our loving Creator, created two sexes. So, femininity and masculinity are linked to the design of God. You see this in a good marriage; each partner anticipates the other’s needs, and appreciates the other’s gifts. I’ve seen this in the marriage of my own parents, who have been married for 72 years. Their love is so beautiful, and their complementarity so evident.
CWR: What do you believe has caused so many marriages to break down in recent years?
Bishop Olmsted: There are a number of factors. Couples don’t have a good idea of what it is to be a man or a woman. The gender confusion we see has not been helpful. Couples have rejected the Church’s teaching regarding the gift of fertility.
Again, no mention of the authority of the husband in the family.
So what of the Men's Conference in the RC diocese of Phoenix next month? I am curious about Chris Stefanick and his Confirmation preparation program, "Chosen."
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