There is an issue close to my heart which I don’t talk about much.
It’s young men in the Church today.
While I’m deeply thankful for all that has been done over the past fifty years or so to affirm the dignity of women, I am ashamed and concerned at the way men, particularly young men, are treated both in society and within the Church.
The world seems determined to denigrate masculinity. Sadly, the Church hasn’t done much to remedy this. In On Addressing the Dignity of Man and Masculinity, Fr Meconi asks,
What have recent popes and magisterial teachings done to address the nature of man and masculinity? How would the men of our parishes and in our pews be different today if John Paul had written the encyclical, say, On The Dignity of Man—Viri Dignitatem? How would men today be more able to live out their own unique discipleship and role in both the world, and in the Church, if we were able to articulate how men embody the Christian vocation to holiness in exclusive and particular ways?
This is something we should all, men and women, care about. Those Catholic Men has a whole list of terrifying statistics on how Catholic men are uninterested and alienated from life Christ offers. They argue that,
There can be no New Evangelization unless there is a New Emangelization, creating generations of Catholic men who are on fire for Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church.
But what can ordinary Christian women do? Obviously, we can’t just write an encyclical…
I believe that as young women we can help foster a culture that honours men as men. This doesn’t mean fawning over or kowtowing to guys simply for being male. It does mean finding godly ways to affirm the goodness of masculinity and the inherent dignity of every man as a son of God.
But I don’t want to assume I know what that looks like or how to do that. (Wanting to do something is very different to knowing how to do something!)
I want to know what young Christian men actually think and what is actually helpful. If you’re a Christian male aged 18 – 35, please consider taking this survey.