Men: Your Women and Children Need You

Men: Your Women and Children Need You October 10, 2015
Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Yvette T, who wrote, I love my father as the stars, he is a bright, shining light.
Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Yvette T, who wrote, I love my father as the stars, he is a bright, shining light.

Bishop Olmsted has written a powerful call for Catholic men to step up and be men. I am particularly impressed because he did this without attacking women. A couple of his brother bishops might take a page from him in this.

I wrote about this pastoral letter from a woman’s viewpoint for CatholicVote. Women need manly men in their lives, as do children and the whole of our society. Men and women together are the foundation of all human civilization.

Here’s a bit of what I said:

John White wrote an article for CatholicVote a few days ago about a pastoral letter to men from Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix. Bishop Olmsted called this pastoral letter “Into the Breach.”

I want to thank the bishop for writing a letter that calls men to be men, but does it without attacking women. That alone was a breath of fresh air. This powerful letter is important to women, as well as men. Because we need you.

Women need the strength and power of manly men. So many women, and even more children, lead blighted lives because they do not have the strong male presence of a husband and father to uphold them.

Men, take note. Your women and your children need you. We need your presence in our lives. Look around you. Look at the messed up people who grew up in messed up homes with no fathers. Look at the gender-confused, feral young people who are so damaged that they can’t marry, form their own families, and raise their own children.

What have we done?

By “we” I mean all of us, men and women, the great we that is the human race. What have we done that we have created this mess? How can we heal it?

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5 responses to “Men: Your Women and Children Need You”

  1. Great Minds think Alike. This is what I’m reading after Mass today and last night for my combined Columbus Day Weekend Membership Drive/Advertisement for our Building the Domestic Church movie:

    A Family needs Fatherhood. Fatherhood, practiced in Charity, Unity,
    and Fraternity, holds the generations of the Family together. These
    are the virtues the Knights of Columbus teaches. I invite the men of
    the parish to take a pamphlet at the doors of the parish after this
    Mass, and I invite all Generations of Families to come explore the
    theme of inter-generational fraternity at our movie, UP, which will be
    playing in the Music Room at 3pm on Sunday.

  2. Absolutely. It’s my biggest responsibility. Side note: I say this on a day when both my wife and my son were angry with me, and at all places on a day of pumpkin picking. I guess I can be an ogre sometimes. 😉

  3. Thanks. I’m usually not an ogre, and I wouldn’t say I was an ogre yesterday either. They were both being childish and I said something, and they reacted on top of it. We all lost our tempers for one reason or another.