In 2011 and 2012 Pat Archbold, contributor to the National Catholic Register, wrote laments that are difficult to find fault with.
As an online video game connoisseur (the casual kind), I hear a lot of what Pat discusses, expressed by men, in what is a predominantly male arena.
The church needs to engage with this topic and minister to it without leaning too heavily on an ideology to do so.
Pat’s laments are a good starting point for discussion.
For the ladies (2011):
”Our problem is that society doesn’t value innocence anymore, real or imagined. Nobody aspires to innocence anymore. Nobody wants to be thought of as innocent, the good girl. They want to be hot, not pretty. I still hope that pretty comes back, although I think it not likely any time soon… Girls, please, bring back the pretty”. – Pat Archbold…read more.
For the Gents (2012):
”I have a simple, yet effective rule of thumb for how men should act. I would never look at a woman or say anything about a woman that I would not do or say in front of my wife. To do otherwise would bring shame upon her and me” – Pat Archbold…read more.
My personal, and somewhat biased, response:
With daughters fast approaching ”that age”, this is a subject close to my heart (and theology).
At the risk of sounding more like the pretentious Mr.Collins than Mr.Darcy, I say, ”here, here…we love the epoch, we are obsessed with it’s art and it’s historical significance, so why not retrieve some of the Austinesk social deportments as well!”
Originally published 22nd April, 2013