Last Saturday I posted about the sacrilegious attack on Holy Mass in Columbus Ohio, and the pathetic reaction to the thugs by the Mass attendees. It appears that the men in that contingent simply allowed the thugs to run riot through the Church. They were stopped only by the police; who knows how long it took them to arrive?
It dawned on me today that there are several Catholic men's organizations operating today. Do any of them deal with these kinds of matters? Are they contemplating any strategies? I speak not only of the Knights of Columbus, but also newer ones such as That Man Is You and Exodus 90.
I looked at their websites just now and saw no signs of them even paying attention to such attacks - attacks that will only increase, given the current political climate that is our new reality. They seem to be focused on personal holiness and family life, but that's it. Ostensibly they are about promoting authentic Catholic manhood, but being an authentic Catholic also entails paying attention and addressing the spiritual and moral ills that plague society at large. Last Saturday we had a case of those spiritually malevolent forces literally barging into our Churches. How long will it be until they cause upheaval in your parish Mass, or even barge into your homes? That will happen if they perceive passivity on our parts - the men in particular.
In Spring of 2019, pro-abortion Mark Shriver gave the commencement address at Mount St Mary's in Emmitsburg MD. I tried desperately to get a group of Catholics who would give a few hours of their Saturday morning to picket that mess. I approached some men in my parish, but they excused themselves by saying that their TMIY chapter was going to watch one of their movies and discuss it afterwards. I said nothing, but the irony struck me. Here they were, choosing to talk about Catholic manhood while passing up an opportunity to actually do Catholic manhood. I am not belittling the need for Catholic men to gather for fellowship, but I do question the reluctance to join a once-in-a-while opportunity to put their skin in the game, as it were.
As you saw in the linked post, I was not alone. A group of young men from the American Society for the Defense of Tradition Family and Property were there. These men are often out in the streets, confronting evil as they see it; I've been privileged to join them at Georgetown University, too.
In all of this discussion about Catholic manhood, has there ever been discussion or even a thought about the responsibility to defend against unjust aggression? That is a responsibility particularly incumbent upon fathers and men. Are these groups going to broach matters such as:
- De-escalation skills
- Crowd-control techniques
- Restraining aggressive individual
- Martial arts
- Weapons usage