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Christian Fatherhood

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.    

George Orwell

The late Father John Harden, S.J. once observed that we live in a sex-intoxicated society. Even an individual with even trace amounts of testosterone in his system would be hard pressed to deny the veracity of this statement. We are assaulted on all sides by the denigrating of human sexuality in billboards, magazines, and all manner of media. One could scarcely find a television program or a movie that didn’t glorify some perversion of the marital embrace.

 It is, indeed, a jungle out there. And even the best-intentioned man out there has to be ever vigilant lest he too fall victim to the myriad of lies that abound. The writer of Proverbs warns us clearly that “sin is pleasant for a season, but afterward it is as bitter as wormwood.” And there is always an afterward.

 Maybe Jesus knew what he was talking about when he said:

Enter ye in by the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many are they that enter in thereby. For narrow is the gate, and straitened the way, that leadeth unto life, and few are they that find it.

Abortophiles promise to “empower” women by dismembering their unborn children. While this promise is manifestly a lie, we have yet to discover the depths of the bondage that this barbarism has ensnared the fairer sex. But one snapshot of this holocaust portrays women as being perpetually in heat and emasculated, opportunistic, and abusive men oblige them with all the romance normally reserved for a pin cushion – and that only in the absence of some less obligating orifice.

And to this outrage we add the rising tide of Islam, which is sodomitic, pedophilic, and necrophilic to its core. Exaggeration, you say? Look at the Koran. Look at the life of Mohammed (may pig excrement forever be upon him). Look at the legislation emanating from those countries that would bring sharia upon us all, where “farewell sex” (the practice of a husband penetrating the corpse of his recently deceased wife). Or as they say in Arabic, one for the road.

Couple these, if you’ll forgive the pun, with the rise of what can only be described as demonic activity among us. Exaggeration, you say? To what, then, would you attribute the growing reports of naked men chewing the face off another naked man, on a city street, in broad daylight, growling at the confronting police officer, who only stops after that police officer empties his high capacity magazine into the attacker’s chest?

Can we even be a little bit surprised at the rampant pedophilia among us? When the marital embrace is divorced from, well, marriage – between one man and one woman for life – is there any prohibition, any restraint, any denial of animalistic urge that is nothing more than committing the unpardonable sin of “imposing your morality” on someone else?

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is currently on trial for his child rape of a dozen or so victims over a span of years. Most notable of those assaults, is the one witnessed by another male staff member of the Penn State athletic department. He claims to have watched Sandusky raping a boy in the locker room. Rather than putting a forty caliber hole in Sandusky’s head, or cratering his skull with a cinder block or a two-by-four, or beating the living crap out of him with his fists, he ran.

He ran like a girl!

That child’s blood (and that of all of Sandusky’s subsequent victims) is not only on Sandusky’s head, but on that gutless, nutless wonder on the payroll. He was (apparently) the only other adult who could have intervened. Instead he abandoned a child who was actively being attacked.

Just this week a father in Texas walked into his own home and witnessed one of his employees molesting his four year old daughter. The father stopped the attack and with his bare hands beat the attacker to death before he could do more harm. No taxpayer money. No trial. Case closed. Child saved.  Move along citizens, there’s nothing to see here.

The call to Christian Fatherhood includes guarding ourselves from the barrage of temptations. We are also called to protect our wives and our children. For these tasks, the Sacraments are indispensable. While guarding their spiritual well being is paramount, it can not be separated from protecting them physically.

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P.S.  This Sunday is Father’s Day.  Call your Dad and tell him you love him.  I wish I could call mine.