Thursday, June 19, 2014

Human nature will out

I don't know whether to think this is badass or horrifying. I agree with the manosphere's oft-repeated assertion that the modern world seems specifically designed to castrate men, to form men without chests as C.S. Lewis put it. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. No matter how often the blank slaters subject us to their inhuman ideology, men and women are different. It sounds silly to say that out loud, but asserting that men and women are essentially different is a source of much controversy in our degenerate culture. Men, however, are not born but made. If a man grows up without a father figure or some healthy outlet for his masculine drives, then those same drives will manifest in unhealthy ways such as delinquency, gang violence, video game and pornography addiction, drug and alcohol abuse, and so on.

On the one hand, I strongly dislike the idolatrous pagan flavor of that organization. On the other hand, I admire their devotion to the group and to a masculine ideal. We Catholics can do something similar. We used to do something similar. Such strong communities devoted to common belief and common practice are all but extinct, but they still exist in isolated pockets. They can accomplish great things:
Now, please take a moment and read this article in its entirety. These two tiny little towns have produced 80 nuns and 44 priests - and the two towns combined only have a population of 2,162! Now I know all those vocations happened gradually over the years, but just for giggles, if we do the math and divide the number of vocations by population, an astounding 5% of the population of these two villages enters priesthood or religious life. I know the statistic is not accurate, but you get the point; getting 44 priests out of two dinky towns in the post-Vatican II period is simply amazing. The Diocese of Lincoln has nothing on Fowler and Westphalia!
I almost can't conceive of such a thing from a post-Vatican II Novus Ordo parish, but there it is.

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