Speaking in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict XVI addressed 20,000 pilgrims with a call to restore fatherhood. Reminding them that the relationship between Christians and God is one of children to father, he decried the contemporary state of affairs:
“Perhaps modern man does not perceive the beauty, grandeur and profound consolation contained in the word ‘father’ with which we can turn to God in prayer, because the father figure is often not sufficiently present in today’s world, and is often not a sufficiently positive presence in everyday life,” the Pope said in his weekly general audience address.
He underscored that the “the problem of a father not present in the life of the child is a big problem of our time” because it can become difficult for those children “to understand in its depth what it means to us that God is Father.”
In the U.S., over one-third of all children live apart from their biological father…
It seems that the crisis of fatherhood, in the United States in particular, has finally become a cause for concern in the Catholic Church. Paired with recent moves to roll back feminism, this indicates that one of the most influential organizations on earth has finally cast its lot in with those of us who are fighting to turn back the tide of radical feminism, which emerged as a dominant political force in the realm of family and sexuality in the late 20th century.
Although many oppose the Catholic Church and its policies, it still exerts an enormous amount of moral influence even beyond its adherents, and has the potential to embolden those who might agree but who otherwise lack the fortitude to go it alone.
Hopefully, other non-Catholic Christians and even non-Christian religious leaders will also take up the restoration of fatherhood as a worthy cause. Now that the head of the Catholic Church has done so, it should be a lot easier to defy feminist family-wreckers on this crucially important matter.