Father And Son Reading

There is a growing body of research about the transmission of the Catholic faith to the next generation, most recently in a book by Dr. Christian Smith.

By in large, Catholics are failing.  And men are failing; in future posts, the sad state of men’s leadership in the transmission of the faith will be reviewed in some detail.

The faith of the fathers will be passed along to the kids; that faith could be a faith in nothing, a faith in consumerism and other forms of self-absorption, a flaccid faith of Casual Catholicism..or a fervent and passionate faith for Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church.

One of the great evils that men face is the relentless tyranny of tolerance under the banner of sexual equality.  Children today face massive social pressure, particularly in the media and in a growing way in government schools to accept homosexual behaviors as equal to marriage.

Many Catholic men have stood by or supported homosexual “marriage” as “no big deal” or have had their moral compass crushed by viewing pornography.  Albert Mohler notes:

Late last year, Professor Mark Regnerus of the University of Texas argued that exposure to pornography may well influence views on the legalization of same-sex marriage. He suggested that viewing pornography leads men, in particular, to shift to more positive attitudes toward same-sex marriage. Regnerus cited the New Family Structures Survey and then reported that a majority of men who view pornographic material “every day or almost every day” agreed that same-sex marriage should be legal.

“Statistical tests confirmed that porn use is a (very) significant predictor of men’s support for same-sex marriage, even after controlling for other obvious factors that might influence one’s perspective, such as political affiliation, religiosity, marital status, education, and sexual orientation,” Regnerus explained.

He concluded by stating: “In the end, contrary to what we might wish to think, young adult men’s support for redefining marriage may not be entirely the product of ideals about expansive freedoms, rights, liberties, and a noble commitment to fairness. It may be, at least in part, a byproduct of regular exposure to diverse and graphic sex acts.” Interestingly, Regnerus also suggested that the avoidance of procreation in heterosexual pornography may also influence acceptance of the negation of procreation in homosexual acts.

Men need to get the moral arguments against the scourge of homosexual “marriage”; not only for their own moral decisions but so that they can pass along clear and consistent moral truth to their children.

Brandon Vogt, as usual, offers clear and compelling arguments for the Catholic truth claims: Rebuttals to arguments for same-sex marriage – Examining the most common argument for redefining marital unions…and understanding why they are flawed.

Men need to get their moral house in order and to teach their children well.