August 11, 2002

At the risk of pulling this out of context:"It is pretty generally recognized that woman is 'by nature' more sentimental, and man more sensual." - K. Wojtyla "Love & Responsbility"

By sensual, he means more along the lines of enjoying the senses rather than limited to the sexual. And by sentimental, he means of the feelings and emotions rather than simply nostalgia.

I wonder if the reason the church doesn't attract as many men (i.e. Podles thesis that the Church is feminized) is partly because the liturgy has been stripped of many of the 'sense' sensations if you will - the 'smells and bells'. The Eastern rite and Orthodox Judiasm both have strong male participation and both have liturgies that appeal to the senses.

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