Manifesto – a written statement of the beliefs of an organization (Cambridge Dictionary)
I hope that this does not sound pompous or condescending – but these ideas have been percolating in my brain for about 5 – 6 years. In the Catholic Metal world, I have had a variety of experiences and I have met many amazing Catholics- and what I am about to propose also comes from these experiences. Let’s start with a very brief history lesson….
In the mid-late 70s the original punk movement sprang out in England – it was a reaction to society – in England – it was a reaction to the socio-political climate that was tightly controlled by the government. Punks were against the country’s norms – this was demonstrated in everything from their music to their external appearances to their unique brand of politics.
As someone who grew up in this period – if you were into punk rock or metal in the late 70s or early 80s – it meant that you were on the fringe of society. Threats abounded and other acts of violence because we were different and seemed to be against what society felt was “normal.” Sometimes I can’t believe that punk and metal have survived over the years – it did seem that the odds were against survival with the musical trends of the late 80s and early to mid-90s.
Well what do we have today? Despite some of the good actions and beauty in our world – we do have our share of problems. We have a society where the definition of marriage is in jeopardy, were thousands of babies are aborted daily, – a society where premarital sexual activities are a “normal” part of growing up – and a barrage of other lies and evil suggestions.
So, if you agree with me that “punk” means going against society – what does that mean in 2010/2011? Here lies the skeleton of this manifesto – at this time – the greatest “punk” or “metal” evolution/revolution IS TO BE A CATHOLIC WARRIOR!
Our church’s teachings are against the norms of our society! How do you be a part of this revolution?? Follow the doctrine of Christ’s Holy Catholic church – attend mass as often as you can, pray the rosary or learn how to do it, indulge in the sacraments, pray, pray, PRAY! Share your faith with people who need it or ask for it. Stick up for your faith! There are many excellent priests and other holy men and women that need our prayer and support. If someone cracks a joke about our faith or our priests either walk away or stop the joke-teller in their tracks!!
In my travels throughout North America, I’ve discovered that there is a necessity for us not to be ashamed of who we are and that we need to be more active in our daily practise as Catholics.
This manifesto is not written to tell you what to do or to be preachy – sorry if I come off that way. I wanted to share this idea with those interested in building a Catholic metal community so that an intelligent discussion could be developed. What do you think?
Yours in Christ,