Are men mything?
Charles inspired me to check the Chant Café, and I noticed a dissent from Cardinal Burke. Kathy Pluth takes exception to the good cardinal leveling the legal-eyed stare at liturgical problems and putting a label on it, writing his “negative statement that the Liturgy has been ‘feminized’ and under feminine influence is so bewildering and hurtful.” It seems to have divided the commentariat there somewhat. I hope they’re not heading into schism–so much for mixed choirs, I suppose.
Likely Ms Pluth pays more attention to Cardinal Burke than I do. I think a lot of conservative prelates, when they’re not getting into trouble, are uttering a lot of nonsense these days. The Café blogger, on the other hand, makes a lot of sense citing various saints and demolishing attempts to pin all-things-liturgically-bad on women. Or using an unfavorable adjective derived from the Latin femina, and we all know what that means, sans wink.
Why are men missing in Church? From priesthood, pews, and other places? One reason might be the blogosphere. Except for sites devoted explicitly to motherhood and chick-chat, most of the commentariats are packed with men. And I bet there are men lurking on female sites who are just dying to get a word in edgewise.
Why do we have fewer priests? Better screening, I would say. How many hands out there are raised for quality above quantity?
Why do men populate the pews more thinly than women? Maybe it’s in our nature. There have been studies. Despite the fact that more than seven-eighths of all declared saints are men.
What do many if not most people really think about lace on clerical men? Probably that it looks better outside of church, and on girls. Perhaps on women. But not always. Maybe traditionalist Catholics could consider something manly like leather.
We no longer live in simple times. I suspect the 1950’s were not so simple once you got to live in them. Treat with deep skepticism anybody who tries to give a simple answer to a complex problem. The easy and simple answer is to grow altar boys into priests. The more difficult route is to cultivate young men as disciples of Jesus, then invite them to discern a calling. Not just target the junior misogynists.
Charles, any thoughts?