of Christ and the Church
(The same “person” with — and without — merely a beard)
We DO know that it is
NOT what Christ looked like.
We do not know who the original artist
of this painting is.
In His Sacred
Humanity Jesus Christ is a MAN — not a woman
… and definitely not effeminate — or as this popular painting
would suggest — a lovely and delicate woman, long before “transgender”
became a perverse and prominent “issue”.
While it is commonly assumed that Christ was a carpenter, a trade learned
from His foster-father Saint Joseph (Saint Matthew 13.55). As a carpenter
He must have worked with oak, cypress, cedar, and sycamore. Anyone who
has worked with Oak can testify that it requires much hard work and
strength: Oak does not yield readily, especially to the simple and often
heavy hand-tools of Jesus’ time. It is as likely, perhaps even more
likely, that He worked with stone quarried from a large and much used
site between Nazareth and Sepphoris — especially since trees were (and
remain) relatively scarce in the Northern Israel landscape.
Working with (and carrying heavy blocks of stone and wood trunks) not
only required great strength but resulted in hardened hands. His hands
were not soft and supple. They were strong and calloused. He needed
strength and musculature to work with wood and stone. His arms were
likely sinewy and strong; His face the face of “True Man” just as He
was “True God”. The distinction, then, between male and female was clear
and evident in the face of Christ.
You would not know that from contemporary “artistic” renderings of the
face of Christ — especially from the hermaphroditic (trans-sexual) presentation
above that adorns the walls of many churches and homes. Undoubtedly
it is placed with reverence and piety — but equally likely, it leaves
many uncomfortable with the velvet art: there is a distinct conflation
of the masculine (the beard only) with the feminine (the rest of the
painting: the coifed hair, the delicate skin, the effeminate eyes and
almost mascaraed eye brows, the delicate nose and the full, carefully
If you do NOT see a woman in the image on the right … then your sight
is ideologically focused.
So much of
Catholicism has become feminized …
Look at the Mass: apart from a single
priest at the Altar, it is surrounded by women. They stand on his
left and on his right, behind him, and, of course, before him (for the
priest no longer faces God the Father through Christ on the Altar
— NOT the “table”).
• the “greeters” (from the priest’s pulpit) at the beginning
• the lectors
• the Altar “servers”
• those who offer the “Prayers of the Faithful” (once again from
the priests pulpit)
• largely the choir and “musicians”
• and last, but not least, the vast majority of the “Ministers of Holy
Communion” (not the ecclesiastically correct — but socially incorrect
— “Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion”).
To many men the Church has effectively become a “Women’s Club” — a kind
of jealously regarded quasi-priestly class that emerged
as “Women Sodalities” were subdued or eliminated under the pressure
of feminism in the Church — to which, shamefully, most priests
and bishops bend the knee.
Does the Church — especially under the great innovator Francis — want
to revitalize itself, become more “relevant” — even central to the lives
of most? Then expunge this feminization from the face and dicasteries
of the Church.
Call the men back!
Call the men back! Tell them that it
is a MANLY VOCATION to be a Catholic — especially given the animosity
of the world to the Church. The Church needs real men … not
needs men who are not apologetic for being men — or male — or straight
— men who recognize in their masculinity the image of the masculinity
of Christ! They do not conform to femininity, in bearing or gesture.
They are unmistakably ... MEN. And what is more they are Catholic
Men — men on a mission to live out their lives in conformity
with Christ and what His Church really teaches
(not what his bishops and priests
to say). The Church needs men who are NOT AFRAID — not afraid
to be known as devout Catholics, not afraid to correct another when
he knows that what is being stated is contrary to Christ — and
therefore contrary to he himself! Men who are good fathers and
role models for being males — and since they take their own role model
from Christ and the Apostles, it is a model of uprightness, courageousness,
fearlessness, chastity in a world of filth ... he is everything the
world hates and fears because he is a living reproach to their debauchery
and cowardice. The world fears such men ... men who stand apart
from the crowd — and even move against it. As G.K. Chesterton caustically
observed, “A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing
can go against it.”
Recruit and replace — yes, replace
— the greeters, lectors, “servers”, “Ministers of Communion” and the
rest — with men! Or abolish them all!
Despite openly revisionist “histories” of the Church and the great number
of men that once gathered in Her defense as Knights in a just Crusade
(yes, just!), the Church needs real men just as much as it needs
real women — not “socially
corrected” versions of both that are palatable to neither — and a genuflection
to the world.
Boston Catholic Journal
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