Fr. Longenecker has a good piece at Stream. It’s as subversive as his advice to young people.
In the setup for his argument for young couples (male and female) to marry in church, have kids, stick close to the Church and stay married, he wrote:
We then go on to talk about the situation in our society. It used to be normal and respectable to get married, stay married, have lots of kids and go to church. That is not the new normal.
Instead, the sexual status quo is that anything goes. The creed is that of the 1968 revolution, “The only thing forbidden is forbidding.” Our society says about sex, “It’s no big deal. Any sex act is OK as long as the participants are consenting adults … and we’re not too sure about the need for consent or the definition of “adult.” The anthem is the 70’s pop song, “If you can’t be with the one you love, baby, love the one you’re with.”
Sexual intercourse between two men? No problem. Sado-masochism? Whatever turns you on, man! Two women together? That’s cool. Not happy with your husband going with another man’s wife or your wife with another woman’s husband? Get a good lawyer — there’s no fault divorce. The girl’s pregnant? Hop down to Planned Parenthood, they’ll get rid of the kid for you. Pornography and masturbation? It’s natural. Get over it.
When it comes to making babies everything is also up for grabs. A lesbian uses sperm from her gay man friend and impregnates herself with a turkey baster? No big deal. Two gay men pay a woman in Thailand to be artificially inseminated so they can have a baby? “That’s not abusing women. That’s giving her employment!” Aborting unborn baby girls for sex selection? That’s not misogynistic. That’s reproductive choice! Abortion clinics targeting racial minority neighborhoods? That’s not racism. Give them the Margaret Sanger award!
Sexual identity? There’s umpteen genders, don’t you know? If you don’t like who you are, save up, go to the clinic, and if you can pay, they can change you from a woman to a man. You’ll have to endure weird hormone shots, start growing a beard and have part of your arm cut out so they can make you a pretend penis. Wait … you’re only sixteen? Now’s the time to choose, honey! If you’re a man we can make you into a lady! Look at Bruce Jenner. He’s called Caitlin now!
The next years will be critical for the future of the Church in these USA. True marriage and nature itself is under attack by forces now also inside the Church. At the same time, we will see a massive drop of people attending church or pretending that they are Catholic in any meaningful way. It will be like sinkhole opening up under us, and properties and swathes of people will fall through and be gone. Demographics matter.
On the other hand, where Tradition is tried you inevitably start seeing young families with lots of kids or kids on the way. I had another confirmation of this a few days ago when I met some priests for a meal. No surprise: young people and kids at the Traditional Mass.
When will more priests and bishops figure out that Tradition is the future? What we have been doing is not working. Yes, there must be efforts at New Evangelization and other initiatives as well. However, were they to be integrated with traditional sacred liturgical worship… then we’d see something new.