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  1. You know, a good 70% of the practices mentioned would have applied to pre-Vatican II Catholicism as well, though the Bridal Mysticism critique of medieval Western Christianity is quite apt.

    Still, I think Callum Brown’s “Death of Christian Britain” points out a more modern reason: In 19th century evangelicalism, piety became synonymous with the feminine, and women were supposed to lead their husbands to Heaven. Hence the Temperance Movement, education reform, and other female-led enterprises of late Victorian Britain. Catholics in Anglo-American nations, being heavily influenced by British Protestant movements, tended to pick this up as well. It’s notable, I think, that the most vibrant and male-influenced Catholic contemporary movements have their roots in southern Europe (consider the San’ Egidio Community, or Opus Dei). And the Church in the 3rd world is having much less trouble attracting men to the priesthood.

    Honestly, what any good Christian (be he Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant) wants in this age is something counter-cultural and challenging. It’s what I found when I returned to orthodox Catholicism my senior year in high school. It’s what my brother, who in high school was drifting towards pot and Buddhism, found out when my friend told him, “Dude, if you really want to be counter-cultural, be Catholic. It’s the most counter-cultural movement left.”

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