Why will so many men be watching the NFL playoffs this Sabbath?
Those games will manifest some natural communal truth which stokes an essential masculine emotion that the domesticated liturgy of Father Steve, his altar girls, and that older female lector can’t quite elicit. Masculine hierarchical communities of loyalty in contest – this is the fundamental public form of mankind.
Men are meant to love one another as well-ordered public bodies in conflict with an Enemy, as surely as we are meant to be joined in an intimate union with a woman to generate new life. That’s why the quarterback of the winning male group gets the beauty queen, and we begrudge that natural justice. That’s why Brent Musburger is a master teacher of anthropology and Fr. Steve hasn’t got a clue.