My friend the mighty Dean of Bexley, His Hermeneuticalness, Fr. Tim Finigan has a great post at his place.
He places his observations in the context of men in his parish hall watching Millwal defeat Leeds. I am mindful of the fact that when a couple years back gangs of yobs were busting up shops in streets of London, the young dopes didn’t get very far in the neighborhoods dominated by Millwall fans. I think I shall have to start rooting for Millwall. But I digress.
Thus, Fr. Finigan (read the whole thing there):
A useful point to make is that if people think that religion is not for men, why not take a walk in the vicinity of your local mosque after Friday prayers. A parishioner who did this by accident said that she thought that there must have been a football match nearby, and then realised that the young men were on their way home from the mosque.
[NB]If we don’t think in terms of these men, then the New Evangelisation will be nothing much more than a superficial makeover – the spiritual equivalent of a new kitchen and some expensive paint in tuscan truffle ochre or whatever from one of those posh shops. Christ did not hide from the hoi polloi, after all. [Nor from men. Don’t let feminists divert attention to all the women the Lord spoke with in His earthly life.]
Perhaps “No one likes us – we don’t care” [The chant of Millwall fans.] would be a starting-point on the virtue of fortitude and dying to self in witness to the truth. (I also use this as an example when trying to convince boys that they are quite capable of chanting responses.)
“Nemini iuvamus – Non curamus!“
What would Millwall’s Latin name be? F.C. Pistrimurensis? Molamurensis?
I know an anecdote about Cardinal Heenan, late of Westminster, at the time of the post-Conciliar liturgical changes.
It is said -and I beg you readers, if you know, to send me a reference from any article or book wherein this anecdote might be more firmly substantiated – that when Card. Heenan saw the Novus Ordo for the first time he quipped to the effect that “No man will go to this.”
No effort for a New Evangelization will be effective without we also revitalize our liturgical worship of God.
Fr. Finigan mentioned the virtue of Fortitude. I will mention the virtue of Religion.
The virtue of Religion obliges us to give God what is His due. This consists, first, in worshiping Him properly as individuals and as a Church. The essence of worship of God is focus on God, not on ourselves. The Extraordinary Form will help renew our focus on God also in the Ordinary Form. I think also that the Extraordinary Form draws men more powerfully than Ordinary Form.
Meanwhile, in honor of Fr. Finigan, I am thinking about making a car magnet for his parishioners and neighbors… er um neighbours, more than likely Lions fans to the man.