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Against Women’s Indecent Clothing

We are witnessing scenes of great immorality at the World Youth Day 2013, taking place during these days in Rio de Janeiro. There is no known reprimand to this behavior coming from the religious authorities of the Conciliar Church. It seems, therefore, opportune for TIA to remind its readers that the Catholic Church always censured immoral dress for women.

Below, we reproduce words from the Encyclical Sacra Propediem that Benedict XV wrote in 1921, which seem to apply as a censure to the many improperly dressed participants of WYD.

Pope Benedict XV

One can not 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 Catholic 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.



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(Benedict XV, Sacra Propediem, of June 1, 1921, n. 19)
Posted July 27, 2013