The discussion of the vice of effeminacy down below is very interesting, although I’m very surprised not to have received more comments objecting to the premise. But I want to expand the discussion somewhat.
The comments have focused mainly on the pursuit of masculine activities, what those are, and how to carry yourself in manly way. But the vice of effeminacy is more than just a mincing walk, a lisp when you speak, and an aversion to sports. Recall that the original article says effeminacy is caused in two ways and that the first one was “where a man is accustomed to enjoy pleasures and it is, therefore, more difficult for him to endure the lack of them.”
Even a man who loves football, has a deep voice, and hunts with the boys can fall prey to this. What’s needed is a masculinity that walks in line with the other virtues. Fr. Paul Shuaghnessyred by the series, one of the “Fab Five” begins his chapter by stressing the importance of a good manly handshake.
Whadda youse guys think, eh?
Simplicity of heart vs a divided heart. You can not love God and manna…..
I think the Marine -priest has developed a very accurate test.
Another test recommended by St. Louis de Montfort: Does the priest love Mary?
You can’t love Mary and the things of this world. She, all love of God, Christ and her children; the world, all love of self. She, purity; the world, disorder and selfish love. She, light; the world, dark.
I’m annoyed with QEFTSG. But it’s also a part of legitimizing the gay lifestyle. If it’s all right with hetero’s who once would RUN from anything that hinted at gay, then we’ve conquered that final frontier, so to speak.]]>
It is not healthy for any Catholic to be engaged in this vice.
One of the greatest problems in America is that it is based in prosperity, but Catholicism is rooted in moderation. Any Catholic who buys into the prosperity idea of America, the ordained, religious or single or married lay needs to look at that and re-align his priorities.
By the way, Liberalism is rooted in the vice of effeminacy.
For those who ask, I do not use air conditioning. I do not own a TV, VCR or DVR, or DVD and I drink only under the most strictest circumstances.]]>
A lot of “conservative” Catholics fit into that category, if you ask me.]]>
With all due respect, since when is Catholicism “rooted in moderation”? Was St. Francis of Assisi a moderate? St. Maximilian Kolbe? Was Jesus in Gethsemane, or when cleansing the Temple, or bellowing at the Scribe and Pharisees (“brood of vipers!”) being moderate in any sense? It seems to me that attaining personal sanctity requires something quite the opposite of moderaton.
I think the overlap between America and Catholicism lies in the striving for excellence. Americans are famously generous; you can’t support many importantcauses if you’re broke. It’s the old cliche, “I’ve never gotten a job from a poor man.”
Are there dangers to riches? Can we fall into a spirit of self-indulgence? Of course, as our Lord warns. But if moderation has a place, it’s in the prudent stewardship of God’s gifts and of the rewards of our own labor.
I agree with you that liberalism is rooted in the vice of effeminacy. It’s also true vice versa.
I still say God bless the man who invented air conditioning, 15-year-old single malt, and hand-rolled Cohibas.
Anyway, how far must one live a life of simplicity? There are degrees of simplicity. If you are a Capuchin, you would probably live a much more radical simplicity than a secular priest who may own property. On the other hand, I know a few secular priests who live a life of far more radical simplicity than the average Capuchin or even a Carthusian.
I think what is required of all Catholics is good judgment. We all need to decide what we need to fulfill the obligations of the vocations we have been called to live. The key to making a good judgment is conform onemment_type>
PS: Amen, Father Clark. And deft use of eschew.]]>
Regardless, I agree with you on Marty Haugen’s show tunes. Salmon is my favorite fish to eat on Fridays. ;- )]]>
And good answer on salmon!]]>
Athletic footwear exempted, of course, otherwise I’d be in trouble with my running shoes, indoor soccer shoes and outdoor soccer cleats, tennis shoes, basketball shoes, and golf spikes. Good thing I don’t bowl ….]]>
Not that there’s anything wrong with drinking, even daily. In many areas of the world, wine is a perfectly normal drink to have with, for example, the evening meal. It’s taken on a special character here in the Puritan States of America, but I would not deem a priest effeminate who happened to have a glass of wine each day. I think the question of effeminacy would hinge rather on what kind of wine—fancy and expensive, or ordinary table wine that most average folks would have.
But then again, could this last distinction I made even be somewhat superficial? I know not a few priests who are quite manly, who get their hands dirty and do guy things and don’t walk funny or speak with a lisp, but at the same time they also have an extensive collection of fine wine or drive a nice car. I wouldn’t say that they are effeminate collection – especially if he lives in a poor parish. But what if he has a wealthy parish, and this is one of the ways that he can identify with the people in order to win them over to the Gospel? If we see that he has a wine collection, or a nice car (just two examples out of many possible ones), does that mean that we must assume that he never practices self-denial, is probably quite soft, and so forth? I think we have to be careful here.
But……if your taste runs more toward Mamma Mia, or if you soiled your immortal soul by seeing the Broadway show by that name, or if you adore the musical collaborations between Tim Rice and the men of ABBA, I’d say you got the vice.]]>
You know the only thing more shameful than you remembering that album cover?
Me remembering the title of the album you’re talking about (ARRIVAL, for those of you in Rio Linda).]]>
Swishy walk = effeminate
Bragging about the Lexus = materialistic
Gushing in speech, esp in description = effeminate
Insisting on only $2000 Calloway golf clubs = materialism
The vice under discussion has more to do with the “womanly” way a man carries himself, and the things he focuses on, eg, caring more about a pro ball player’s battle with coke addiction than his batting average. Enjoying fine wine is not necessarily a sign of the vice, but endlessly rhapsodizing about its delicate floral nose might be. Again, living in a well-appointed home can be a good thing, but would a manly man have to pick out every color of every fabric for every room?
Horse is now very close to death by beating.]]>
My aunt (+2003) was a member of the SSND’s. Just like the Orthodox Jews, the SSND’s had a rule which limited their earthly possessions to “what fits in a steamer trunk.” More than that you simply don’t need.
SSND’s took a vow of poverty and most on this thread did not—but Orthodox Jews did NOT take a vow of poverty. They do OK.
The rule is at least good food for thought—has been for me (although not too effective—just my small-arms collection would take up half of the trunk.)
As usual, Pope B-16 has made an insightful comment (on an unrelated topic) which also provokes thought. It has to do with the nexus between ‘cult’ and ‘culture.’ The Catholic culture SHOULD grow organically from a rightly-ordered ‘cult.’
One can reverse this, imperfectly: “Show me your things and I’ll tell you what you worship.” (Are your ‘things’ the candlesticks which you gave the Parish—or the 4th bathroom in your 4500 s.f. house?)
Further, the connection between luxury and effeminacy would seem to include (or maybe spring from) narcissism. It’s not a coincidence that Ratzinger condemns the “horizontal” liturgy—the liturgy of “me, me, we, we.”
When you recall the prominent names associated with the construction of this ‘horizontal’ liturgy, things sort of fall into place.
I visited the rectory to meet with another priest when I was getting my marriage “normalized”. I saw the younger priests’ room, because it was just off the kitchen. He slept on a mattress on the FLOOR. That showed me what kind of priest he was.]]>
Let’s face it having a wine collection or a fancy car is not inspiring for your congregation and does not set a good example b/c it screams SELF INDULGENCE. And by its very nature if you have a “collection” of anything costly like wine isn’t that the antithesis of detachment? Somehow turning water into wine at a wedding and having a wine collection are not in the same ballpark.
I always speculate that in a marriage noting who has the nicer car (the husband or wife) says a lot about the quality of the man. I’ve always had the safer, better car b/c I drive our children around- which are our treasure on earth. Another good way to practice detachment is to drive cars without air conditioning. Good for you and the children b/c it is small thing to offer up. Maybe someone can help me with this but I cannot recall a single saint who had a wine collection.]]>
But your point is well taken, Mary. Perhaps it would be better to ask what religious- or priest-saint had a wine collection.
We expect more from our priests and religious, because it is indeed a higher call, and places a greater demand on them.]]>
Moderation is what I use to describe the use of things Fr. Jim Clark (Hi Jim) gives a great example of it. Yet, as far as spreading the gospel, that requires passion. Which you cite well. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed your comments on the lack of passion. I just published a book where I address that among other issues and I am writing another one now to build upon what I wrote in the first.
American Catholicism is horrendously bland, it is awful and what comes out of the USCCB is the blandest c$%p we have. But so is American Catholic Publishing.
A story—We tried to get published an english translation of a book that is in its 27th printing in Brazil and contacted two major Catholic publishers. Both said no because the writer, one of the most passionate thinkers in the Church today, is not known in the US. They are afraid they will lose money. Hence the reason why I will not publish through American Catholic publishers. The system becomes one of self-feedback that creates terrible mediocrity over and over again. The USCCB is just as bland which does not help the situation at all. Fr. Richard McBrien, Fr. Donald Cozzens, Fr. Richard Rohr will all make money for publishers, while powerful people in other parts of the world are silenced in the US for fear they will not.
We need less passion for things and money and more passion and trust for Christ. Just as you said Patrick. But I won’t say what you said was wonnnnnnderful.]]>
I rarely drink and only under the most controlled circumstances if I do. (I am also a former problem drinker from my non-Catholic days. Anheiser busch lost lots of money when I quit drinking. So that history and fear of returning to it remains with me all the time.)]]>
You comment about liquor and celibacy struck a chord. In the Belleville scandal nearly all of the 13 accused and dismissed were fond of the sauce. The few that I knew had healthy liquor cabinets as well.
I’m told that Bp. Braxton has eliminated the hard stuff at the Bishop’s residence.]]>
Who wrote the Brazil book? In my limited experience, Brazil churns out leftist liberation theology gunk, or powerhouse orthodoxy stuff.
Fr. Richard Rohr…vice of effeminacy…er, oh, nothing.]]>
Who wrote the Brazil book? In my limited experience, Brazil churns out either leftist liberation theology gunk, or powerhouse orthodoxy stuff. It’s a whole universe down there. Most people don’t know it’s the country wth the largest Catholic populace in the world.
Fr. Richard Rohr…vice of effeminacy…er, oh, nothing.]]>
The change leaves Salem with 5 Latin-rite Catholic parishes and 1 Eastern-rite. One of the 5 Latin parishes serves a primarily Polish immigrant population. Even so we just don’t need 5 parishes to serve the Latin-rite community, but the politics have trumped practicality. I can see part of the argument, that St. Thomas serves both Salem and the neighboring town of Peabody. And part of the new announcement is that St. Thomas and Our Lady of Fatima parish, which serves a primarily Brazilian immigrant community and is about 200 yards away, will have to come up with a merger plan. Our Lady is in a heavily residential neighborhood and I can’t imagine that they will keep them open.