Trending in Britain: Men will completely disappear from the Church by 2028.

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Nor are these trends confined to an increasingly secular and post-Christian Europe. Despite overall church attendance remaining much stronger in the United States, Cardinal Heenan’s predictions have also come true here.

Sixty-one percent of the average American congregation is female and 39 percent male. The gender gap is the same across all age groups and therefore cannot be explained merely by the fact that women live longer than men.

Although research shows that 90 percent of American men believe in God, and five out of six men identify as Christian, only one man out of every six will attend a church in the United States on any given Sunday.

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A reader’s premise: Women are second class citizens in the Catholic Church.

by Doug Lawrence

(This particular commentary is excerpted from a recent Catholic Q&A posed by one of our readers.)

Reader’s Premise: Women are second class citizens in the Catholic Church.

Doug responds:

You have a right to that opinion, but it seems to me that your opinion is based on a popular but erroneous secular humanist/feminist misconception.

The Catholic Church is not a club, not a social group, not a democracy, and certainly not merely an earthly organization. The Catholic Church is the communion of all true believers in Jesus Christ, spanning both Heaven and Earth, whose main purpose is the salvation of souls and the glory of God.

“Fairness” is a matter for divine judgment, as it doesn’t and truly cannot exist in this fallen world.

Our blessed hope is that God will take care of these seeming inequities for us in the next age, when he rights every wrong and makes all things new. In the mean time, we are called to have faith in God and in the only Church that Jesus ever founded, for the purpose of our salvation.

The “door” to the Catholic Church remains the sacrament of baptism, which is open to males and females, alike.

Once baptized, both male and female Catholics, without exception, are adopted children of God, members of the church, living temples of the Holy Spirit, citizens of Heaven, and co-heirs with Jesus Christ.

Catholics of both sexes have equal access to the Mass, the sacraments, and all the other spiritual and substantial resources of the church.

Catholics of both sexes remain children of God’s grace, equal in their God-given spirituality, and equal when it comes to potentially being declared saints of the church.

Catholics of both sexes, by virtue of their baptism, are members of the Royal Priesthood of the Faithful, empowered to approach God personally in prayer, at will, and empowered to share the authentic Catholic faith with any and all who might inquire.

It is only in regard
to the Catholic Ministerial Priesthood
and the Sacrament of Matrimony
where certain distinctions
are necessarily made, as to gender.

It is noteworthy that not just women … but also married men … are typically disqualified from serving in the ministerial priesthood. This would seem to invalidate a very substantial part of the feminist argument.

Meanwhile, the Catholic faith tradition has, as its greatest saint, universal patron, Mother of the Church and Queen of Heaven … the Blessed Virgin Mary … the Holy Mother of God … already truly blessed beyond measure … the authentic, God-ordained role model for every faithful Catholic … regardless of gender.

In light of all this (and more)
it seems to me, the ladies are winning!

May God bless you, shower you with his abundant grace, and lead you to eternal peace and harmony in Jesus Christ, our savior.

Doug

This Week’s Ask Alice: Wearing mantillas (chapel veils) at Mass



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Adelaide Asks: Why don’t men wear mantillas (chapel veils) at Latin Mass/Novis Ordo? Why do women wear mantillas?

Alice Answers: Traditionally, men in Western society remove their hats as a sign of respect upon entering a church, classroom, or meeting, and they tip their hats when meeting a lady, or any person in a position of authority.

Latin Masses attendees who wear mantillas in church, cite the words of St. Paul to the Corinthians regarding conduct at public worship:

“Any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered brings shame upon his head. Similarly, any woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered brings shame upon her head. For a man ought not to cover his head since he is the image of God and the reflection of His glory. Woman, in turn, is the reflection of man’s glory.” (I Corinthians 11:5, 7)

St. Paul’s remarks concerning head coverings for worship conformed with the dress code of his day. During the 1st Century, A.D., Christian women wore head coverings in public places. Their veils were worn to promote modesty. Head coverings were not mandated for the Christian man’s public apparel in the 1st Century. Women donned veils for cultural reasons, so St. Paul simply adapted their worship wardrobe to their clothing customs.

However, St. Paul gave us flawless fashion advice for being the best-dressed Christians in every century:

“Because your are God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with heartfelt mercy, with kindness, humility, meekness, and patience….Over all these virtues, put on love, which binds the rest together and makes them perfect.” (Colossians 3:12, 14)

In Christ’s Love,

Alice

That which is Veiled is a Holy Vessel

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Rep. Allen West to conservative women: We need you to come in and lock shields, and strengthen up the men who are going to the fight for you…

Here’s the statement West made to a group of conservative women that has people on the left riled up:

We need you to come in and lock shields, and strengthen up the men who are going to the fight for you. To let these other women know on the other side — these planned Parenthood women, the Code Pink women, and all of these women that have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness — to let them know that we are not going to have our men become subservient. That’s what we need you to do. Because if you don’t, then the debt will continue to grow…deficits will continue to grow.

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Extensive Information about Catholic Religious Orders and Communities


St. Dominic receiving the Rosary
from the Blessed Virgin Mary

In response to a recent inquiry, I decided to post this link to a site dedicated to providing information about the many (and there ARE many) Catholic Religious Orders and Communities.

Don’t miss the related section on vocational books and publications, many of which are available for free.

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Thanks to Brian, for the question