Unpacking Harrison Butker’s Commencement Speech (The Cale Clarke Show)

Cale Clarke dives into the buzz surrounding Kansas City Chiefs’ kicker Harrison Butker’s viral commencement speech at Benedictine College. Known for his strong Catholic faith, Butker delivered a heartfelt address that’s really got people talking.

Get the whole episode here.

What Butker Said:

  • Shoutout to the Ladies: Butker kicked off by congratulating the female graduates, highlighting their achievements. He was candid about marriage and motherhood, sharing how his wife Isabel has been a rock in his life. It even got him choked up just talking about it!
  • Calling Out Lies: He warned against what he called “diabolical lies” society tells women about careers and success, suggesting true happiness is found in embracing roles as wives and mothers.
  • Personal Share: Butker’s speech was a moving tribute to his wife. He shared how her support and dedication as a homemaker have been crucial to his success. He has a lot of respect for her.

Cale’s Take:

  • A Stirring Debate: Cale acknowledges the mixed reactions. While many celebrate Butker’s affirmation of traditional family roles, others worry it might downplay the value of women’s careers. What about women who aren’t called to be wives and moms?
  • Bigger Picture: The speech brings up an ongoing discussion about women’s roles in society. Cale reflects on inspiring figures like St. Gianna Beretta Molla and Edith Stein, who balanced professional achievements with their faith and family life.

Listener Buzz:

  • Mixed Feelings: Listeners shared their thoughts, showing just how complex this topic is. Barbara from Arizona felt inspired by Butker’s message, while Cole from Ohio talked about the financial challenges of living on a single income today.
  • Clearing Things Up: Cale pointed out that Butker’s own mom is a respected professional, suggesting his intent was not to criticize career women but to elevate the importance of homemaking. Maybe the media is twisting Butker’s words a bit?

Final Thoughts:

  • Embracing All Roles: Cale shows the importance of recognizing and valuing different vocations. Whether as a professional, a homemaker, or both, every role matters and contributes uniquely to family and society.
  • Trusting God: Cale reminds you of the importance of trusting in God’s guidance and providence, encouraging everyone to embrace their personal vocations with faith and courage. We need to always be open to life and the children God wants to give us in our families. He will always provide.

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Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at relevantradio.com and on the Relevant Radio® app.