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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
A Church which is being increasingly effeminized...
Watering down the Word of God to please appease the Cult of Softness.
Vulgate (see the Douay-Rheims Bible) indicates that the effeminate will
not inherit the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:10). But the New American Bible,
which is used by the USCCB, omits the word effeminate:
Corinthians 6:9-10 (Latin Vulgate):
Verse 9: "Know you not that the
unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: Neither fornicators nor
idolaters nor adulterers:
an nescitis quia iniqui regnum Dei non
possidebunt nolite errare neque fornicarii neque idolis servientes neque
Verse 10: Nor the effeminate nor liers with mankind nor thieves
nor covetous nor drunkards nor railers nor extortioners shall possess the
kingdom of God.
neque molles neque masculorum concubitores neque fures
neque avari neque ebriosi neque maledici neque rapaces regnum Dei
1Corinthians 6: 9-10 (New American Bible) posted online
by the USCCB:
Verse 9: "Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit
the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor idolaters nor
adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor sodomites
Verse 10: nor thieves nor
the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of
Why do you think this is so? The Latin Vulgate, which we have
obtained from the great St. Jerome, is the most precise translation of the
Sacred Scriptures available. There are many other problems with recent
translations of the Scriptures. But my focus here is on this passage. Why has
the word "effeminate" been dropped from 1 Corinthians 6?
Dr. Leon Podles
writes, "Walter Ong, having been formed in a masculine, Jesuit, clerical milieu
does not seem to be aware of how feminized Christianity had become even before
the 1960s, but he saw a rapid shift in the Catholic Church in the 1960s toward
even greater feminization...The contrasts of Christianity, grace and sin, life
and death, have been toned down with a considerable loss of emotional power.
Without this power, the popular appeal of the liturgy has declined (even with a
more accessible language) and church attendance has plummeted...Even the change
from Latin to the vernacular was also a symptom of feminization, according to
Ong. Latin had been a means of maintaining a Latin culture in the Roman
Catholic clergy. A language restricted to men is common; it is a sign of
masculine separation from the feminine world. After it became a learned
language, Latin was learned almost exclusively by men. The system of education
that used Latin and centered around Latin literature was centered around contest
and disputation and was confined almost entirely to men. The disappearance of
Latin was part of the demasculinization of the clergy.." (The Church Impotent:
The Feminization of Christianity, pp. 133-135).
Cult of Softness has made such inroads that it has crippled the inner life
of the Church. Liturgy has been feminized And now, the Sacred Scriptures (the
very Word of God) must be rewritten so as not to offend more "civilized" and
"refined" tastes; so as not to offend "modern man." The Christian faith must be
replaced by a self-worship which cloaks itself in language which purports to be
Christian but which nevertheless remains a language which has been watered down
to make it more acceptable to modernity.
Dr. Podles cites a study by Lewis M. Terman and Catherine Cox Miles, which
included a Masculinity-Femininity test, writing, "Terman and Miles gathered data
from three groups: Catholic seminarians, Protestant seminarians, and Protestant
ministers. As one might expect, men attracted to the religious life differed
strikingly in their masculinity from the general male population: 'The Catholic
student priests score at a point far less masculine than any other male group of
their age; in their early twenties they are more feminine than the general male
population at middle life. The Protestant theological students in their middle
twenties are, however, more feminine than they and exceed in femininity the
sixty-year-old man of equal education. The adult ministerial group is barely
more masculine than the Protestant theological students and less so than the
student priests. They exceed in femininity the college men of the seventh
decade.' Terman and Miles concluded that 'some dominant factors must be present
in all three groups to make them, without regard to age, conspicuously and
almost equally lacking in mental masculinity.' Interestingly enough, the
similarities between the Protestant and Catholic groups and the Catholic group's
slightly higher scores ruled out celibacy as a major factor in a lack of
masculinity..." (P. 9).
In my own Diocese (Worcester, Mass), I have encountered a positive hostility toward masculinity on many occasions. Just recently, the "pastor" of Saint Vincent de Paul Parish took exception to my calmly and politely requesting that a group of women refrain from engaging in loud and disruptive conversation before the tabernacle just prior to Holy Mass. This priest left a comment at this Blog (see here) suggesting that I am somehow "frightening" because I am "a large man."
How many of you have seen the Gregory Peck/Richard Basehart film adaptation of Herman
Melville's classic novel Moby Dick? Remember the fiery sermon delivered by the
minister who was portrayed powerfully by Orson Welles? The priests I grew up
with (I was a military "Brat"), were of the same sort. They were men who knew
the Sacred Scriptures. Men who inspired a sort of military-like zeal with
regard to evangelization and the spiritual life.
previous post, I wrote that, "A testosterone-free Church is not appealing to
men. Effeminate priests and ministers do not inspire healthy young men to
consider a vocation within the Church.." An article which may be found
here, is saying essentially the same thing. The writer asserts (and I
couldn't agree more) that, "All of the outward facing disciplines within
Christianity, such as apologetics, theology, ethics, etc. are de-emphasized,
censored or resisted in feminized churches. There is no place for
rationality, moral judgments and boundaries, debates and disagreement,
confrontations and persuasion, or other manly Christian
Small wonder that the Worcester Diocese has been plagued by homosexual and effeminate priests and a culture of softness and theological dissent!
Because I am a veteran and refuse to buy into the Cult of Softness and the homosexual agenda, I am unwelcome in my Diocese. Anyone who speaks the hard truths (like Robert Spencer) is unwelcome here. In our effeminized diocese, there is no room for manly Christian practices!