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For Men Only: A Call to Battle

Bishop Olmsted issues “Into the Breech,” an apostolic exhortation for men in the midst of a world of confusion.

There’s all kinds of fighting going on these days, it seems. Russia is ramping up its involvement in the Syrian civil war, while Christians are fighting for their lives. The UN is fighting climate change, while Kim Davis is fighting the establishment. Republican presidential hopefuls are fighting for the nomination, while Hillary is fighting for her political life.

But a bishop in Arizona is calling men to join a different kind of battle—to fight for their souls and the soul of Christian culture.

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix penned a letter to the men of his diocese, and issued it Sept. 29, the feast of the Archangel Michael, known for doing battle. The letter’s message, though, will resonate with Catholic men anywhere. Into the Breach: An Apostolic Exhortation to Catholic Men, My Spiritual Sons in the Diocese of Phoenix takes a look at the special role men have to play in the New Evangelization.

Aleteia spoke with Bishop Olmsted Wednesday about the letter and plans to get the message out.

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