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Monday, June 05, 2006

Belly Button Exposure

"God knew what your navel looked like even before you were born, so there is no need to expose it in church."

So says a sign at the Catholic Church of Cinisello Balsamo.

Trying to encourage modesty in Church, much less in the rest of society, continues to be a probem. The article notes that the priest of Cinisello Balsamo can't afford to hire guards to ensure that the inappropriately dressed don't try to enter the Church. I can remember when I took a visit to Russia - they didn't need guards, they relied on the older women to act as a brute squad should someone showing a bit too much seek to enter the church.

For my part, we priests could certainly use some more homilies on the importance of modesty as well.


Anonymous shana sfo said...

On the other side of the Ohio at St Joe's, our pastor has dodged the issue for years. He has not wanted to 'offend' young people. Didn't matter how much their exposure offended anyone else, though. But our new Nigerian associate pastor gave a terrific homily about it two weeks ago. He said to the congregation, "Would you want to come to Mass and see your grandmother exposing the same "assets" you are - hanging out of her clothes, mostly naked? That would be disgusting wouldn't it? Well, I don't want to see your grandmother's "assets" and I certainly don't want to see yours!" He got some good laughs, and I noticed a *few* young women who usually have things 'hanging out' dressed with less skin exposed the following Sunday.

He also mentioned that in his culture, a woman who smokes outside in daylight is a prostitute. When he stepped out of the airport after his arrival to the US, the first thing he saw was several elderly women standing on the walkway outside, each with a cigarette hanging out of her lips...he prayed, " My Good Jesus, what kind of a country did I come to?!" Talk about culture shock, eh?

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