067: The Catholic Crisis of Masculinity…and what to do about it

I’m tired of people asking, “Where have all the good men gone?”

It’s not really all that hard to figure out. They’ve gone where they’ve been told to…out.

Men are meant to play a God-given, pivotal role in the family, in the Church, and in culture at large. It’s a role that’s too often abandoned or belittled…to dire effect.

We lack children. We lack vocations. We lack men.

We are in a crisis that is simply not being addressed by enough people.

And if we don’t change things quickly, the extensive damage will only get worse.

This is not a “let’s beat our chests and be men” episode of the Art of Catholic. Nor is it  a “let’s hammer on men” episode. This is an episode centered around an epidemic that desperately needs attention from both sides of the gender aisle (and yes, there are only two).

It’s a topic crucial to the vitality of the Church.

To help address the issue I brought in Bear Woznick, a giant of a man who just completed the second season of a new EWTN show called “Long Ride Home.” In this episode we’ll tackle:

  • The incredible statistics that show why kids stop going to Mass (It will blow your mind...)
  • Why most men don’t sing at Mass
  • Part of the truth behind the priest shortage
  • Why Catholic women should be applauded…loudly
  • How women can help – need to help – men be men
  • How the liturgy plays a role in the crisis (and its solution)

We need to stop asking “Where have all the good men gone?” We know where they are. Now let’s go get them.

God bless!

Matthew

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6 thoughts on “067: The Catholic Crisis of Masculinity…and what to do about it

  1. Thank you for the statistics on children who stay in the church. I have felt myself a failure because my husband would not attend church or have anything to do with our sons Catholic upbringing. They went to Catholic school grades preschool through 8th grade. I took them to church by myself.
    Our sons are in their 20s and not only do they not attend church but they do not believe in God. I have felt a failure. Knowing the statistics you quoted has really shed light for me. Thank you again.

    • Cynthia, don’t lose heart! You were (and are) fighting an uphill battle. That said, your job is simply to be faithful as a mother and pray your guts out for your kids. It’s the Holy Spirit’s job to change their hearts and he is more than willing and capable:). If you’re not already, pray for the intercession of St. Monica, whose son Augustine was a complete degenerate, but as we know became one of the greatest saints in the history of the Church through her prayers. God bless you!

  2. Powerful program, Matthew! It reminded me of my step-dad. He was what people back then called “a good Catholic.” He was a member of the Holy Name Society. And I remember the good feelings that radiated from him when he or one of his fellow members got someone to stop using God’s name as a curse. As I listened to you and Bear, it hit me that, in their way, these men were saying “¡Viva Cristo Rey!” It’s a small enough step that any man, with group support, could do it and grow from doing it.

  3. Hi Matt! I really enjoyed this podcast. As a mother of 4 young boys (7 and under) I am looking for ways to practically help the boys develop into the men God created them to be. As you well know, the culture is pitted against us. Maybe some day you could do a podcast on raising boys? 😊 Most of the info I come across is geared towards parenting teenagers but I’d love to see something geared towards parents of toddler/young boys. Thanks! God bless you!

    • Hi Emily. I’ll put that one on the list. That said, my oldest boy is only 10 and my other one is 3, so I’m no fount of wisdom:). I feel like I need a little more experience. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. But it’s a great suggestion. Raising boys is a huge topic, especially in today’s culture. Thanks!