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Under the patronage of the Holy Family

Catholic Fraternity Across the United Kingdom

A NETWORK OF MEN OF FAITH

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Among the most serious crises facing human civilisation is the famine of fatherhood.

 

Children, families, the Church and our world are hungering for true fathers to re-enter the human drama and assist God in the mission of saving the world from self-destruction.

 

Society, including the Church, goes by way of the family, and the family goes by way of the father.  

The Problem

At the centre of the famine of fatherhood is a deeper crisis: a man's loss of identity.

 

Man has lost touch with his true identity, with his true mission and the person that God has created him to be. Man knows so little of himself because he knows God the Father so little. A man's identity leads not only to his destiny, but also to the destiny of his (future) family or parish and to the destiny of the world.

The Cause

Every man - married, single, relgious or lay - must assume his paternal identity as an icon of God the Father, as an initiator of sacrificial love.

 

In doing so, he will enable his family or parish to recieve and achieve its own authentic identity. And, in assuming its identity, the human family can alter, for the better, the world’s destiny.

The Solution

Catholic Man UK is committed to helping men discover the timeless sanctity of the vocation of spiritual and biological fatherhood as the ultimate fulfilment of manhood, in order to become the fathers God intended them to be.

 

The purpose of Catholic Man UK is the restoration, revitalisation and redemption of human fatherhood in these isles, so  that fatherhood becomes an efficacious icon that directs the human family to its Father.

 

The aims are:

 

1. To promote the timeless sanctity of the vocation of  fatherhood for all men.

 

2. To discover the meaning of authentic fatherhood through becoming sons of the Father.

 

3. To support  the needs of our fellow fathers and fathers-to-be, particularly through the fraternity of  local Catholic men's groups.

 

4. To learn how to become an authentic father by imitating men who who have learned to be good sons of the Father.

 

5. To become sacrificial leaders who serve by following the Servant and Master who leads.

 

6. To immerse ourselves in the timeless wisdom, fatherly example and person of St. Joseph, the son of the Father and father of the Son.

 

7. To learn how to encourage and edify our biological and spiritual families in their understanding of the faith, and their pursuit of personal sanctity.

 

8. To learn how to honour and cherish the dignity of our wives and all women by overcoming lust through the redemptive power of Christ.

Aims and

Purpose

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The Laws of Authentic Manhood

ORIENTED TOWARDS THE

ROLE OF FATHERHOOD

And God said, "Be fruitful and multiply"

Gen 1: 28

 

Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh

Gen 2: 24

 

Procreation

Open to new life

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"In creation, God laid a foundation and established laws that remain firm, on which the believer can rely with confidence, for they are the sign and pledge of the unshakeable faithfulness of God’s covenant. For his part man must remain faithful to this foundation, and respect the laws which the Creator has written into it." [CCC 346]

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image ...; and let him have dominion over ... all the ... animals of the earth.”

Gen 1:26

 

For the husband is the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the church, the body of which he is the Saviour.

Eph 5:23

Primacy

Sacrificial headship

Head of family

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it.

Gen 2:15

 

 

 

Provision

Selfless care

Father provides

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to ... keep it.

Gen 2:15

 

Protection

Against physical and spiritual harm

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The Crisis of Our Times

THE FAMINE OF FATHERHOOD

INTRODUCTION

Sam Baker

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Sam Baker explores the need for men in our culture to embrace authentic masculinity.

 

He begins by pointing out how manhood is currently under threat and briefly discusses his own troubled journey to maturity.

 

In his search for a more genuine masculinity, he found the answer in the Catholic faith.

 

As a result of this journey, he went on to form Catholic Man UK to promote fraternity and a restoration of male identity through faith and social events.

 

In the rest of the talk, Sam sets out an approach for restoring masculinity in the world, by imitating Our Lord as the perfect example of manhood, and actively demonstrating the fatherhood of God in the way we lead our lives.

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