So in the wake of Vegas, the secular left has identified the problems
Here's the great irony in this - according to the secular left, masculinity is both not a real thing, and also, at the same time, while not existing, also the problem.
Something can't both not exist and be the problem
And here's what the Church says
1) Masculinity and Femininity are real
2) Trying to suppress masculinity or pretend it isn't real, and to NOT nurture authentic masculinity will only cause DANGEROUSLY WRONG ideas about masculinity to rise up in place of authentic masculinity
Our culture, in saying there is no such thing as masculinity, is denying reality. Denying reality is what psychologists call REPRESSION
Our culture takes masculinity and says
1) It isn't real
2) Boys that won't sit still in second grade must be medicated
3) It's cool if men are actually in to purses, manicures, make up, etc...
We are ROBBING our young men of their identity by drugging it and explaining it away...and in the wake of this we are left with soft, over medicated young men who are bored out of their minds, and are encouraged to fall deeper into their boredom by slipping into the matrix of video games, staring at screens, medicating with drugs and alcohol, and indulging in pornography, masturbation, strip clubs and sexual encounters of all sorts outside the context of marriage.
We ROB our young men of their identity, and no longer encourage them to strive for anything.
The CURE to the problematic manifestations of a diseased counterfeit masculinity is NOT doing away with masculinity. You can no quicker do away with masculinity than you could do away with the Sun.
The CURE is to NURTURE authentic masculinity, which is why I think our culture has very little hope of enduring. I am, in that regard, quite pessimistic. But hey, all things are possible with God.
The Church has always taught that it means something to be a man. To lay down your life in service to the vulnerable, in service to the poor. To protect and defend and sacrifice for others.
Sadly it is no great shock that in a culture that has tried to eradicate the notion of men who defend, even taking up arms if necessary, there has arisen, in the vacuum, a demonic and warped mockery of masculinity that has men taking up arms to murder the innocent
Here are some resources that can be of great help in righting the ship
Bishop Olmsted's letter on AUTHENTIC Catholic Masculinity:
We will either call men to battle, call men into the breach, call men to use their spirit to combat evil, or counterfeit versions will continue to wreak havoc on our culture