Friday, April 24, 2009

That time of the year: modesty in dress...

Every March and April they all arrive by the millions in Rome: the gorgeous blond girls from northern Europe. These are the high school and college groups on school trips for Roman archeology, history, etc. It's also the time of year when the cloths peel off.

This subject discomfits people, but modesty in dress in an important theme and we need to talk about it and our clergy need to preach about it and our Catholic parents need to be on top of it. The "too little too late" often does not work in this regard.

A conjured paranoia is one thing, yes, while responsible and consistent instruction in this area is another. The flesh hegemony of today holds a powerful force, but parents have to be firm and Catholic in their instruction and you even have to instruct the really little kids, too.

Your kids will raise a plaint, but you parents be firm and united. Our sisters guide us by example in their dress. Preening signals come from our wardrobe and this is why it can be of such value for our good sisters to wear their blessed religious habit as a credible witness to the nations.

Girls, you can still have a gorgeous flair. This includes you wearing a ball gown, or beach dress, or a wedding or party dress. With modest cloths a woman still shares her complete beauty and attracts attention and pleases others. In your still modest dress let everyone see your generous spirit, confident nature and well-disciplined body.

And sorry to make readers angry, but the "bikini" is not appropriate dress for a Catholic girl or woman.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Quite right JP, no bikini at all is best!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Well said! Especially the last comment about bikinis.

Paul said...

Are you becoming another Dinosaur?
Careful . . . the other was roasted for suggesting women should not wear men’s pants which only serves to de-feminizez them. A less innoxious recommendation than your suggestion, praisworthy as it may be.

Cheers

Volpius Leonius said...

Totally agree with you John, but then we are both Catholic so that is as it should be.

As long as men encourage the women to dress immodestly they will continue to do so however.

rae said...

I always find it just a bit less-than-helpful when young men shout their views on modesty in a way that is quite clearly preaching at women only. Why should clergy "preach" about what women wear?!! Should appropriate dress not be a result of more important virtues? Shouldn't modesty be about far more than clothing? Isn't it wrong to direct lectures at women alone rather than changing society as a whole?

Yes parents should instruct their children, but clergy preach about clothing for women? Let us hope that they have other things to fill their time!

And making your own rules such as "the bikini is not appropriate for a Catholic girl or woman" may simply drive others from the real message of modesty: wearing that which is appropriate and outwardly reflects my inward desire to glory God with my body.

Anonymous said...

I agree totally. I wish 'tourists' would take special care when dressing to visit churches. Mini-shorts are not appropriate in the city, much less in the House of God. And not just for women -- men don't have to expose all that flesh either. People who live in the warmer climates of southern Europe don't dress like that, so why should visitors.
Tim

conte rezzoni said...

"Yes parents should instruct their children, but clergy preach about clothing for women? Let us hope that they have other things to fill their time!"

In Spain or Italy of the 1950ies good pastors fulfilled their responsibility and vehemently condemned from the pulpit clothing that maybe could causes dangerous thoughts and leads to promiscuousness. I remember those preachings quite well. The ridiculous "bikini" was forbidden in Spain for years. Today especially female tourists from northern europe walk around with it also in the inner cities and not just at the sea. That is a real sickening sight.

Hidden One said...

Let us remember the modesty dictates of St. Pio of Pietrelcina!

Anonymous said...

The fig leaf has been lifted from the secret parts of men and women and put over the face.

La Paloma Alegre said...

Our Lady at Fatima warned us with "immodest clothing".

Grace said...

I couldn't agree any less! I am an anti-feminist, and wear skirts and dresses modestly with femininity. Bikinis and tight swim suits are definitely unnecessary and don't have any benefit for swimming at all just to spread sin. I don't care if other girls laugh at me (which they have) for standing up for the old-fashioned feminine Catholic girl, because "what's wrong is wrong even if everybody does it; what's right is right even if no one is doing it." St. Augustine.