Catholic Manhood: Form and Function

Miguel Salazar, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University


Since the cultural revolution of the past century, the role of Men in American society has been questioned and renegotiated, especially in the Catholic Church. The question "What is a Man?" has taken on new urgency as traditional definitions are being rapidly tossed out. The need for a new understanding of Manhood is far more pressing than ever before, as redefinitions of Marriage and the Sacred Priesthood are sought and fought over. What does it mean today to be a Catholic Man?

This Thursday Forum explores the question holistically, drawing from personal experiences of the audience, modern and classical visual art, poetry, traditional folk music, authors such as C.S Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, Mark Twain, and more. At the end, perhaps we will find that the crisis of the modern era will be resolved not by eliminating our ancient knights, but by summoning them.