Dominican priest Aidan Nichols writes in connection with Nietzsche, Freud:
"...the reaction against the Father, … which they [Nietzsche, Freud, et al] pioneered, has produced a society and culture where fathers are instinctively distrusted, where a spirit of unreflective patricide is abroad, where to exercise paternity, by nurture of one’s biological children or by formation of one’s spiritual children, has become especially difficult."---Criticizing the Critics by Aidan Nichols (Family Publications)As with a rebellious son, so with a wayward culture. In our time only the 'effeminate' father is tolerated---the father transvalued into a "buddy". Or he is not tolerated at all. Real fathers are framed as oppressors and are not allowed the well-considered final word when the family finds itself in serious conflict.
It is obviously the raison d'etre for Feminism and a culture which throws off the moral and natural laws. In this way authority, by crippling it in the home, is more all the more easily transferred to alien oligarchs who farm us through media and the political.
And so as with cultures, so in the home. Family member is cynically and deliberately pit against family member in the name of "human rights", and so love no longer is the ruling principle in the home and nation.
The outcome is seen with each passing year. The father, once the protector of the family, if not honored per God's word and the natural law, must, society says, be neutralized. And so the rulers behind the scenes---aiming to destroy the family in order to make the transfer of authority complete, target the "patriarchal" tribe, the nation, the Faith---and in the process actually enslave naive women in the name of "empowering" them. Even "Christian" wives are infected with the new cultural meme in great numbers. And these women who consciously or unconsciously follow the zeitgeist are gullible enough to have uncritically imbibed the poison of the new rulers---and to exult, in the name of prideful "liberation" ---just as a controlling, belligerent wife, brooking no authority which she cannot manipulate to her liberated pride, will often demand that her husband and neighbors join her in the (sometimes unconscious) rebellions which, if the husband only knew it, aims at his own manhood, fatherhood, family, culture, nation.
Feminism---even when it is only implicit and pretends to be Christian---echos the original, primal "non-serviam" of the 'father of lies' (Jn 8:44). And the children may imbibe that intoxication of revolution which they have observed in the home.
But all who go this way fall into a living hell. Look around. Rebellious children who overthrow the authority and honor of the very parents who brought them into the world overthrow themselves. When children and women, targeted and encouraged by the culture, come to "love their [new] servitude" upon the spiritual emasculation of the father and husband, the foundation of order in the family has collapsed. A brave new world with new interpreters then is in control, all the while masquerading as "progress" and emancipation. Chaos and enmities ensue---which is just what the Evil One desired "from the beginning". Every rebellious son or daughter following the cultural cues will heed their own inner Apollo, who ever persuades the 'Oedipus within' that he must 'kill' the father in order to 'have' his (or her) mother who, they think, may be easier to manipulate. Young people are taught today to consider their parents merely the fortuitous contributors of the genetic material which brought them into a meaningless game which they must aggressively exploit if they are to "win".
It should be noted however that among the hypocritical elites little of this applies and patriarchy---when push comes to shove---continues as all can see if we care to look.
Surely, no father or leader should ever exercise his authority of having 'the last word' lightly---and certainly not cruelly or arbitrarily lest he commit serious sin. Gentle but firm authority is always called to be the exercise of love---"as Christ loved the Church"--- and is always best in those instances when it should be exercised. But neither can he relinquish this authority altogether, per Ephesians chapter 5, without consequence. In this the wonderful example of St. Thomas More can be our example.
All of this of course applies also to every original schismatic---from Photius to Luther and Henry VIII to today's "Sedevacantists"---who has always had his "reasons" for rejecting the teachings - interpretations of the Pope (papa, father), the principle of unity and tradition in the Catholic faith (Mt. 16:18f) and so they find new "popes" for themselves; obviously "Catholic" dissidents also hate all paternal teaching and so reject the teachings of John Paul II and Benedict XVI and every Pope as Fr. Nichols, cited above, goes on to show. It is all one and the same, a war against the God-given structure of authority.
Book of Sirach 3:2-7.12-14: "For the LORD sets a father in honor over his children; a mother's authority he confirms over her sons. He who honors his father atones for sins; he stores up riches who reveres his mother. He who honors his father is gladdened by children, and when he prays he is heard. He who reveres his father will live a long life; he obeys the LORD who brings comfort to his mother. He who fears the LORD honors his father, and serves his parents as rulers. My son, take care of your father when he is old; grieve him not as long as he lives. Even if his mind fail, be considerate with him; revile him not in the fullness of your strength. For kindness to a father will not be forgotten, it will serve as a sin offering--it will take lasting root".
--->The Wife of Noble Character. Proverbs 31...
--->Only Peter can rightly interpret, ratify and apply Catholic doctrine and the fathers in new situations...