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Author Archive: Matthew James Christoff

Matthew James Christoff is a Catholic convert. He is the founder of The New Emangelization Project (NewEmangelization.com) which is committed to confront the Catholic "man-crisis" and to develop new ardor, methods and expressions for the re-evangelization of Catholic men. Matthew is also a co-founder of CatholicManNight (CatholicManNight.com), a parish-based men's evangelization effort that has drawn thousands of Catholic men into Eucharistic Adoration, Confession, fellowship and lively discussion. Matthew lives in Minnesota with his beautiful bride (and childhood sweetheart); they have 4 adult children, 3 "in-law" children and two grandchildren.

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Men Must Know Jesus Christ

February 8, AD2016 1 Comment
Men Must Know Jesus Christ

There is a serious Catholic “man crisis”.  Large numbers of men have left the Church and the majority of men who remain are lukewarm.  The root cause?  Men don’t know Jesus Christ. Men Giving Themselves to Christ Somehow, in the midst of heaps of Catholicism, the need to meet and know Jesus Christ gets lost.  […]

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Saint Joseph and His Call to Men

January 11, AD2016 0 Comments
Saint Joseph and His Call to Men

There is a Catholic “man-crisis.” Many men have quit Catholicism and many fail to practice the faith. Many Catholic men have lost sight of the powerful attractiveness of heroic Catholic manhood. Now is the time when we need to bring St. Joseph back into the spotlight of our religious life. St. Joseph As a Role […]

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The Catholic “Man-Crisis” Matters

December 14, AD2015 80 Comments
The Catholic “Man-Crisis” Matters

There is a serious Catholic “man-crisis.” One in three baptized Catholic men in the U.S. have left the Church. Of those men who remain Catholic, only about 1 in 4 Catholic men consider themselves to be “practicing Catholics.” The Catholic “man-crisis” matters for it hurts, men, women, children, parishes and society. Here’s why: The majority […]

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The Startling Absence of Catholic Men in the Pews

November 16, AD2015 74 Comments
The Startling Absence of Catholic Men in the Pews

There is a serious Catholic “man-crisis”: The pews have fewer Catholic men in them than ever before. The New Emangelization Project (NewEmangelization.com) has documented the devastating loss of faith among Catholic men. Large numbers of baptized Catholic men have left the faith and the majority who remain are “Casual Catholic Men”, men who don’t know the […]

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“Emangelizing” Priests Have Great Impact on Men

October 20, AD2015 2 Comments
“Emangelizing” Priests Have Great Impact on Men

  “The New Emangelization Project” has documented that there’s a serious and growing Catholic “man crisis” in the U.S. One-third of baptized Catholic men have left the faith, and the majority of those who remain “Catholic” neither know nor practice the faith and aren’t committed to passing the faith along to their children. To gain […]

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The New Evangelization Is Missing Men

September 18, AD2015 4 Comments
The New Evangelization Is Missing Men

It has been almost 50 years since the New Evangelization was launched at Vatican II. Despite a growing enthusiasm for evangelization, there is a serious and growing Catholic “man-crisis” in the United States. So far, the New Evangelization is missing men. The Catholic “Man Crisis” There is a serious Catholic “man crisis”. One in three […]

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Same-Sex “Marriage”: The Winnowing of Catholic Men

July 28, AD2015 12 Comments
Same-Sex “Marriage”: The Winnowing of Catholic Men

  Powerful cultural winds have stormed across the world, throwing the historical understanding of human sexuality into a whirlwind of uncertainty. During the past 50 years, violent gusts have divided and confused Catholics about the use and morality of contraception, abortion, sex outside of marriage, divorce, and the homosexual movement. Recently, the United States Supreme […]

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This Father’s Day: Vow to Be a Committed Catholic Father

June 29, AD2015 3 Comments
This Father’s Day: Vow to Be a Committed Catholic Father

It is mid-June, so it is time for the annual national “head nod” to fathers on Father’s Day. For many, Father’s Day will pass unrecognized; for others, Father’s Day will be celebrated with “man-gifts” (e.g. tools, sports gear, etc.) and perhaps with a pleasant BBQ with family. But how many will ponder the dismal state […]

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Jesus Christ – Conquerer of Satan

June 2, AD2015 3 Comments
Jesus Christ – Conquerer of Satan

From the dawn of Man at Eden, Satan has been seeking the ruin of humanity.  Today, Satan remains active, continuing to instigate rebellion against God and sowing evil around the globe; Satan’s evil influence is evidenced by the depressive decay of the culture and the growing violence and strife that is engulfing the world. Despite appearances, Jesus Christ has decisively conquered Satan […]

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Dressing Like a Man for Mass

May 4, AD2015 5 Comments
Dressing Like a Man for Mass

Many are beginning to recognize the severe Catholic “man-crisis” and the necessary imperative to aggressively “emangelize” Casual Catholic Men. While new ardor, methods and expressions are needed from the Pope to the parish priest, laymen need to step up to their personal responsibility and respond to Christ’s commandment to make disciples (Matt 28:19-20). But the average […]

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The Case for a Mass Conversion of Men

April 6, AD2015 19 Comments
The Case for a Mass Conversion of Men

Despite the fact the New Evangelization has been an ongoing emphasis by the Catholic Church for over forty years, it has failed to stem the disastrous losses of the faithful in the U.S. Since 2000, 14 million Catholics have left the faith, parish religious education participation of children has dropped by 24%, Catholic school attendance […]

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Chapel Veils and the Evangelization of Men

March 9, AD2015 18 Comments
Chapel Veils and the Evangelization of Men

Among the many things the secular media and liberal Catholic media missed from Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke’s recent interview with the New Emangelization Project was His Eminence’s call to return a more reverent awe in the Mass.  Here is a summary of His Eminence’s key points: The Mass has become de-sacralized. There have been and continue […]

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Interview with Cardinal Burke, Part 3

January 14, AD2015 27 Comments
Interview with Cardinal Burke, Part 3

Recently, I had the great honor to have an audience with His Eminence Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke to discuss the state of Catholic men in the United States. Part One is here, and Part Two is here. The following is the third and final part: Matthew Christoff:  One of the frequent themes in the New Emangelization […]

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Interview with Cardinal Burke, Part 2

January 13, AD2015 8 Comments
Interview with Cardinal Burke, Part 2

Recently, I had the great honor to have an audience with His Eminence Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke to discuss the state of Catholic men in the United States. Part One of the full transcript is here. The following is Part Two: Matthew Christoff:   Your Eminence, what has been the impact of this Catholic “man-crisis” on […]

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Interview with Cardinal Burke, Part 1

January 12, AD2015 15 Comments
Interview with Cardinal Burke, Part 1

Recently, I had the great honor to have an audience with His Eminence Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke to discuss the state of Catholic men in the United States. Here is Part One of the full transcript: Matthew James Christoff:  Your Eminence, we are delighted and blessed to be here with you. Today, we are here to […]

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The Synod’s Shocking Omissions

December 15, AD2014 4 Comments
The Synod’s Shocking Omissions

The Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops met for several weeks in October 2014 and issued the document, “Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” There has been much commentary about the ill-conceived preliminary Relatio Synodi, which implied that homosexuality had inherent positive gifts, and that divorced and remarried […]

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The “Spirit of Vatican II” Parody Mass

November 21, AD2014 44 Comments
The “Spirit of Vatican II” Parody Mass

Most are familiar with parody. Parody is “an imitation of the style of a particular genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect” or “an imitation or a version of something that falls short of the real thing; a travesty”. Parody comes from the Greek parōidia, meaning “burlesque poem”. Parody is mockery. We live in an age […]

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Becoming a Committed Catholic Man

October 21, AD2014 23 Comments
Becoming a Committed Catholic Man

In the Midst of Decay There is a Catholic “man-crisis.” Many men who were baptized Catholic have left the Church; the majority of those who remain are “Casual Catholic Men” — men who do not know the Catholic faith and don’t practice it. This large-scale failure of Catholic men to commit themselves to Jesus Christ and […]

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The Catholic Man Crisis and Why It Matters

September 24, AD2014 53 Comments
The Catholic Man Crisis and Why It Matters

With its roots in Vatican II, the New Evangelization is a recognition that a crisis exists in the Church because large numbers of baptized Catholics have not been evangelized. But perhaps the most critical driver or the crisis has been largely ignored: the Catholic “man crisis.” Without coming to grips with why large numbers of […]

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The Casual Catholic Men

August 25, AD2014 29 Comments
The Casual Catholic Men

What Are “Casual Catholic Men”? There is a Catholic “man-crisis.” Large numbers of Catholic men, while not rejecting the faith explicitly, have implicitly rejected the faith because of a lack of commitment.  They are like an empty suit; the clothes are there, but the man is not. These are Casual Catholic Men, men who are casual […]

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Catholic Dads Must Read Scripture!

July 28, AD2014 9 Comments
Catholic Dads Must Read Scripture!

Jesus was a master teacher, the greatest teacher who has ever lived, for He is the Only Son of God. There can be no human teacher who can approach the wisdom of Jesus Christ. One might say with certainty that the Bible is the greatest textbook ever written, for in it is absolute Truth, written […]

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