“And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall
and stand in the breach before me for the land…”
A Call to Battle
I begin this letter with a clarion call and clear charge to you, my sons and brothers in Christ:
Men, do not hesitate to engage in the battle that is raging around you, the battle that is
wounding our children and families, the battle that is distorting the dignity of both women and
men. This battle is often hidden, but the battle is real. It is primarily spiritual, but it is
progressively killing the remaining Christian ethos in our society and culture, and even in our
The world is under attack by Satan, as our Lord said it would be (1 Peter 5:8-14). This battle is
occurring in the Church herself, and the devastation is all too evident. Since AD 2000, 14
million Catholics have left the faith, parish religious education of children has dropped by 24%,
Catholic school attendance has dropped by 19%, infant baptism has dropped by 28%, adult
baptism has dropped by 31%, and sacramental Catholic marriages have dropped by 41%.
This is a serious breach, a gaping hole in Christ’s battle lines. While the Diocese of Phoenix has fared
better than these national statistics, the losses are staggering.
One of the key reasons that the Church is faltering under the attacks of Satan is that many
Catholic men have not been willing to “step into the breach” – to fill this gap that lies open and
vulnerable to further attack. A large number have left the faith and many who remain
“Catholic” practice the faith timidly and are only minimally committed to passing the faith on to
their children. Recent research shows that large numbers of young Catholic men are leaving
the faith to become “nones” – men who have no religious affiliation. The growing losses of
young Catholic men will have a devastating impact on the Church in America in the coming
decades, as older men pass away and young men fail to remain and marry in the Church,
accelerating the losses that have already occurred.
These facts are devastating. As our fathers, brothers, uncles, sons, and friends fall away from
the Church, they fall deeper and deeper into sin, breaking their bonds with God and leaving
them vulnerable to the fires of Hell. While we know that Christ welcomes back every repentant
sinner, the truth is that large numbers of Catholic men are failing to keep the promises they
made at their children’s baptisms – promises to bring them to Christ and to raise them in the
faith of the Church.
This crisis is evident in the discouragement and disengagement of Catholic men like you and
me. In fact, this is precisely why I believe this Exhortation is needed, and it is also the reason
for my hope, for God constantly overcomes evil with good. The joy of the Gospel is stronger
than the sadness wrought by sin! A throw-away culture cannot withstand the new life and light
that constantly radiates from Christ. So I call upon you to open your minds and hearts to Him,
the Savior who strengthens you to step into the breach!
~Bishop Thomas Olmstead, Diocese of Phoenix
9565 Musch Rd,
Brighton, MI 48116
Fr. Chas Canoy
Livingston Vicariate Monthly Catholic Men's Night
September 20th, 2018
Prayer: 5:45pm | Mass: 06:15 PM | Speaker: 7:00pm
Fellowship & Refreshments Follow
Our Speaker this month is Fr. Chas Canoy, Pastor of St. John The Evangelist in Jackson, MI. Fr. Chas discerned has vocation after embarking into a corporate marketing career. He is known for his engaging and dynamic homilies, his genuine love for God's will and evangelization, and his contagious joy!