Saturday, August 08, 2009

Catholic women do not wear the "bikini"...

Christian dads and moms used to give their kids the talk about modesty in dress, often.

When the "bikini" turned sixty the Italian press made a big deal about it and I guess I was the only one in the crowd who thought it immoral to be caught dead in public in such minuscule clothing.

A bathing suit is a bathing suit and then there are Our Lady's words at Fatima about fashions which "will be" introduced which "will offend" the Lord greatly.

Ten year old Jacinta lay dying in a hospital bed in Lisbon, Portugal in 1920 when Our Lady said to her: "Certain fashions will be introduced which will offend Our Divine Lord very much. Those who serve God ought not to follow these fashions." Then Our Lady revealed to Jacinta that "the sins that lead most souls to hell are the sins of the flesh."

Interesting to note that in all her apparitions Our Blessed Lady always appears fully covered.

Let's see what a papal encyclical says:

"One cannot sufficiently deplore the blindness of so many women of every age and station. Made foolish by a desire to please, they do not see to what degree the indecency of their clothing shocks every honest man and offends God. Most of them would formerly have blushed for such apparel as for a grave fault against Christian modesty. Now it does not suffice to exhibit themselves on public thoroughfares; they do not fear to cross the threshold of churches, to assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and even to bear the seducing food of shameful passions to the Eucharistic Table, where one receives the Heavenly Author of Purity."

-Pope Benedict XV, Sacra Propediem , 1921.

Would be nice for more Protestant communities to be on board, too, but look at their origins - Martin Luther entered a sacrilegious marriage and King Henry entered an adulterous one.

10 comments:

J. G. Rathkaj said...

I thank you for this profound remark, John Sonnen! But I await for those shouting "jansenism"

Catholic Mom of 10 said...

Will be in Fatima next month..& my youngest is called Jacinta..but I don't believe Catholic women have to be burkha clad!

Anonymous said...

Pius XII stated repeatedly: "The greatest sin of our modern generation is that it has lost all sense of sin."

ali said...

I've long struggled with the question of what WOULD make a bathing suit a modest piece of clothing for both men and women. It simply is not a piece of clothing that lends itself easily to modesty, yet swimming in and of itself is not a sinful act. What would you consider a modest swimsuit?

kimberley said...

The tide might be turning. I was at Virginia beach and only saw one woman in a bikini.

Anonymous said...

Women don't have to be burka cladded, but they must dress modestly. End of story. When we become near occasions of sin to our neighbors because of the way we dress, regardless of gender, we become devils and should that soul or souls go to hell, we are responsible, and how do we justify to the God Who died for us our reasoning for wearing a short skirt or shorts, or even a bikini to church, or even in the general public when He forbids it? Can we justify it?

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Por primera vez, un francés, el 3 de julio de 1946, expuso en su colección de trajes de baño uno de dos piezas, que llamó bikini, por considerarlo tan explosivo como la bomba atómica que cuatro días antes se hizo explotar en el atolón de Bikini, en el Pacífico. Pero esta misma prenda mínima de vestido femenino ya era conocida en el mundo greco-romano, como puede comprobarse, p. ej., en los mosaicos de un palacio de Villa del Casale, Sicilia, que datan aproximadamente del año 300, poco antes del final del paganismo imperial (314). En 1951, en el concurso de Miss Mundo, se desaconsejó llevarlo a las concursantes: se consideraba excesivamente indecente. La paganización de gran parte de los bautizados, medio siglo después, tiene un signo claro en la aceptación del bikini por muchas mujeres cristianas, y por igual número de hombres cristianos, maridos, padres, hermanos, que lo aprueban.

Anonymous said...

I also hate that 90%+ of women on television wear revealing tops -- especially female newscasters.

Anonymous said...

Grandma said: "Conceal, not reveal."

Kristin said...

I wear a swimsuit from HydroChic, which covers from the neck to the knees, but is still cute. I feel modest, but I'm not dragging extra material behind me while trying to swim. I now spend more time having fun while swimming and less time worrying if my breasts are going to pop out of my top. Dressing modestly is VERY freeing.