What movement is he reacting to? I suspect that young folks, like your sons, are cheering him but they're less likely to walk away from their faith. They're living in a Catholic culture. I would guess that simply encouraging people that are already within the fold is nice but there is a much larger picture that is threatening. The size of all faith groups, except the evangelists, are in a downward spiral and his generation has the largest proportion that are unmoved by religion. Their children are very likely to be less involved as has been the trend for every generation before the millennials. Their attitudes are following a trend established long before. For him to shore up the choir is not going to change anything. There is a much more needy mission than that. Surely this is about more than encouraging the existing faithful.Del wrote:I only just met Mr. Guzman last Friday. I could be way of....
But it seems to me that he is talking to young people who are already excited about their Catholic faith. We might call it "preaching to the choir" or "The Benedict Option."
But people still need development after that initial decision to take their faith seriously. They need a community to belong to. They need to know that there are other people out there who feel the same way. They want to be part of something bigger.
Pope St. John Paul II asked young people to use the new media to reach out to the world. The Catholic Gentleman is one man's response to that call. He seems to have become a distribution center for many of the leading writers and essayists, on topics of concern to young Catholics.
While the decrease in numbers / increase in fervor are topics that interest the readers of the blog, I don't see how these would change his chosen format. He is not leading a movement; he is reacting to one.
But rather than criticize you should invite him here and let him post his thoughts about these issues and the scope of his mission, if the word applies.