By Elaine Magliaro
David Gibson of National Catholic Reporter reported earlier this week that Cardinal Raymond Burke, “who was recently demoted from the Vatican’s highest court to a ceremonial philanthropic post,” has been “roiling the waters once again.” This time the controversial conservative cardinal—one of Pope Francis’s harshest critics—is arguing that the Catholic Church has become too “feminized.”
David Ferguson of Raw Story wrote that Burke “has used his position in the Catholic hierarchy to harangue Democrats and endorse radical Republican politics, an ideological orientation that has been increasingly at odds with the new Pope’s more pluralistic church.”
Gibson said that Burke had “pointed to the introduction of altar girls for why fewer men are joining the priesthood.” In an interview with The New Emangelism that was published on Monday, Burke was quoted as saying, “Young boys don’t want to do things with girls. It’s just natural. I think that this has contributed to a loss of priestly vocations.”
Cardinal Burke on the “feminization” of the Catholic Church:
I think there has been a great confusion with regard to the specific vocation of men in marriage and of men in general in the Church during the past 50 years or so. It’s due to a number of factors, but the radical feminism which has assaulted the Church and society since the 1960s has left men very marginalized.
Unfortunately, the radical feminist movement strongly influenced the Church, leading the Church to constantly address women’s issues at the expense of addressing critical issues important to men; the importance of the father, whether in the union of marriage or not; the importance of a father to children; the importance of fatherhood for priests; the critical impact of a manly character; the emphasis on the particular gifts that God gives to men for the good of the whole society.
The goodness and importance of men became very obscured, and for all practical purposes, were not emphasized at all. This is despite the fact that it was a long tradition in the Church, especially through the devotion of St. Joseph, to stress the manly character of the man who sacrifices his life for the sake of the home, who prepares with chivalry to defend his wife and his children and who works to provide the livelihood for the family. So much of this tradition of heralding the heroic nature of manhood has been lost in the Church today.
While Cardinal Burke complained that the Catholic Church had become “very feminized”– he did acknowledge that women are “wonderful” and “respond very naturally to the invitation to be active in the Church.” Still, he noted a dark side to women’s activity within the church. The cardinal said that apart from the priest, “the sanctuary has become full of women.” He added that parish activities, as well the liturgy “have been influenced by women and have become so feminine in many places that men do not want to get involved.” He continued by saying that the result of all this was that “real men have been driven away from the church and made room for pedophile priests…”
Imagine that: REAL men can be driven away from things like entering the priesthood by women. Makes one wonder what Cardinal Burke thinks a REAL man is?????
The cardinal said he could recall the mid 1970s—that’s the time he claims that young men were telling him “that they were, in a certain way, frightened by marriage because of the radicalizing and self-focused attitudes of women that were emerging at that time.” He said, “These young men were concerned that entering a marriage would simply not work because of a constant and insistent demanding of rights for women. These divisions between women and men have gotten worse since then.”
Imagine those impertinent young women in the 1960s and 1970s demanding equal rights and all. What a bunch of emasculating feminazis! Why couldn’t they just have been content to have the rights that the church and the men in their lives thought should be bestowed upon them? “There’s a good girl, now go fix me a martini and get dinner on the table… ASAP!”
Sorry for digressing…but I remember well those days as I was growing into adulthood when women were supposed to know their place.
The good cardinal has some reason to be hopeful, though, now that he asserts the days of the pedophile priests have passed.
“We can also see that our seminaries are beginning to attract many strong young men who desire to serve God as priests The new crop of young men are manly and confident about their identity. This is a welcome development, for there was a period of time when men who were feminized and confused about their own sexual identity had entered the priesthood; sadly some of these disordered men sexually abused minors; a terrible tragedy for which the Church mourns.”
Cardinal Burke does have a point. Women are to fault for so many of the problems that we see around us today. Blame it on Eve! She’s the root of all the trouble in this world.
Cardinal Raymond Burke: ‘Feminized’ church and altar girls caused priest shortage (National Catholic Reporter)
Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke on the Catholic “Man-crisis” and what to do about it (The New Emangelization)