Do fewer men assist at Mass because the Mass is so feminized? December 9, 2013Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, scandals, secularism, self-serving, the return.
I had written a long post around this picture, but WordPress ate it. In a nutshell, there is a great deal of evidence that the Novus Ordo Mass is far more appealing to feminine perspectives than masculine ones. There are numerous reasons for this, but the changes were very intentional and their impact was not unforeseen. Men used to be the predominate leaders in the Church both clergy and lay, but now the lay side is dominated by women. Daily and Sunday Mass attendance often sees huge imbalances between men and women.
Are men turned off by the Novus Ordo, or is mens lack of involvement in the Church due more to cultural factors, or bad catechesis? I would say yes, and I feel there is clear evidence (lost in my original attempt to post) that the Novus Ordo in and of itself, absent the many permitted abuses like girl altar servers is much less masculine in its orientation, prayers, the sense it conveys, etc.
Men have a certain inherit desire to be both leaders and to sacrifice for a greater cause. But we are also fallen, and seek to escape our responsibilities as leaders of Church and family and to enjoy ease and comfort. The TLM appeals to mens higher virtues more than the NO does. My own experience shows that the sexual imbalance so often seen at NO Masses is greatly reduced at TLMs. The ratio of attendance is much nearer 50-50 than the 75-25 or 60-40 seen in many new Masses.
The Mass is the primary mode of catechesis in the Church, and I dont mean the sermon. Yes, the prayers are very important, and the TLM prayers focus so much more on sacrifice, our need for conversion, propitiation, etc, that the sacrificial nature is much more strongly highlighted. But it is even more in the unspoken aspects of the Mass, the postures, blessings, signs of the cross, orientation, etc., that a great deal is conveyed. This is a Sacrifice. It is a huge mystery. These things appeal to men. The TLM is overtly masculine. The NO, as outlined in the Missal, is much less so. The NO as most men experience it, with numerous abuses and indults that undermine even the character of the Novus Ordo as promulgated, is profoundly feminized.
Sorry I lost the original post! I spent a fair amount of time on it!