As Christianity suffers a dearth of masculinity and a crisis of overwhelming effeminacy among its (arguably few) male followers, Cardinal Ouellet of Canada says that the Catholic Church needs to fight "machista" masculinity, which is just basically another way of saying the Church suffers from what feminists might call, "toxic masculinity."
According to Catholic Register, Cardinal Ouellet told the Synod of Bishops in Rome that the problems of extreme masculinity can be combated by incorporating more women into ecclesiastical life. His comments were in line with a working document that calls for a correction to the "ecclesial inability to recognize, welcome and foster the creativity of the 'feminine genius.'"
"The participation of authoritative women in the discussion has shown us that it is possible and necessary to accelerate the processes of struggle against the 'machista' culture and clericalism, to develop respect for women and the recognition of their charisms as well as their equal integration in the life of society and the church," the cardinal said.
As noted by Father Longenecker, Cardinal Ouellet has completely missed the mark with those comments, which suggest that the current abuse problems in the Church are the result of machismo culture fueled by clericalism.
"The sight of Catholic cardinals scrambling over themselves to chase the spirit of the age is not only disconcerting–its ridiculous and sad," writes Longenecker. "Once again our prelates seem deaf to the real problem in the church and are taking the ostrich position."
Any brief glance at the headlines in recent months will show the Catholic Church (and Christianity in general) has a lack of masculinity, not too much of it. More from Father Longenecker:
Headlines are screaming about homosexual priests who have been abusing teens, cardinals jumping into bed with seminarians, a homosexual subculture in seminaries and religious houses, drug fueled gay orgies in the Vatican, a Vatican appointed communications guru who is a global advocate for active gay life, parishes with “LGBTQ ministries” that have socials at gay clubs, cardinals and archbishops endorsing dissident gay rights groups… and we have a problem of toxic masculinity in the priesthood?
Most of the priests I know are good guys, but I wouldn’t say they are exactly Reverend Rambo.
Since the 1960's, the Catholic Church and all of mainline Protestantism has jettisoned traditional practice in favor of a more worldly approach to current issues and to the liturgy itself. This explains why Catholic masses are replete with bongo drums and acoustic guitars as opposed to traditional choirs singing Gregorian Chant — a development which contributes to the feminization of the Church by focusing on sentimentality over spiritual Truth. Feminization, in this case, does not mean an abundance of the feminine in the Church, but rather the lack of masculinity.
"If there is a problem in the church today along these lines it is probably exactly the opposite: the over feminization of the church," writes Longenecker. "With puppies and kittens catechesis, a nauseating over emphasis on emotion and the dictatorship of sentimentality, the church is wallowing in the sappiest form of 'feminine genius.'"
As to Cardinal Ouellet's assertion on the Church's lack of "the feminine genius," Longenecker says that's just nonsense because the Church has always venerated the Virgin Mary.
For heaven’s sake, the Catholic Church has always venerated the Blessed Virgin as the highest and holiest of the created order and preached time and again that she was the model of holiness for both men and women.
This kind of feminine genius–as opposed to the sickly sentimental type–is strong and confident in her femininity. This feminine genius is not lacking in the church. In fact these women make up the greatest among the saints and in the church today they play strong and positive roles.
Studies currently show that women far outpace men in Church attendance, which makes the Cardinal's call for a fight on "machista" masculinity especially odd.