immodest low-cut dresses or blouses. every woman to examine her wardrobe Immodest Dress in the
Women and girls should be careful (and that of her minor children if she
that their dress is not revealing at has any), and get rid of all clothing that Church: Like Frogs in
all, even when they bend over or is immodest unless it can be adapted to
kneel down. Maybe some women do be worn modestly.
not know that revealing clothing is a What Would Mary Do?
source of temptation for most men. If Jenna Murphy
you doubt this, ask a man. If a woman If a woman has doubts about the modest
knows that such is the case, and still she use of a particular article of clothing, it In recent years what with acceptable fashion
would wear such clothing, then she may be helpful to ask herself if our standards taking a major plunge (literally)
would be committing the sin of scandal. Blessed Mother would wear such into the realm of 'anything goes', young
clothing if she lived in this day and age. women are left to face conscious decisions
Immodesty Is Wrong At All Ages Or, to ask herself if our Blessed Mother in how they dress themselves, not realizing
would be pleased with her wearing the the weight that such decisions carry.
Unfortunately, even some older women article of clothing in question.
of otherwise upright character, even Speaking to youth in Australia on July 18,
daily communicants, sometimes wear Let It Be Known 2008 Pope Benedict XVI mentioned
such revealing clothing. Maybe they modesty as he told of how becoming fully
think that they’re beyond the age of We suggest that you cut out this bulletin human means rejecting those voices that
posing a temptation (and maybe they article, make copies of it, and give it to lead us into worshipping 'false gods.'
are). However, they are giving bad women and girls who need to hear this
example to others - most notably their message. Even give or send the article "People sometimes treat others as objects to
own daughters and grandchildren. They, anonymously, if necessary. Those who satisfy their own needs rather than as
too, are committing scandal. Those who desire to do what is right will take the persons to be loved and cherished. How easy
see them will think: “She’s a good correction to heart and put it into it is to be deceived by the many voices in
Catholic, and she wears revealing practice. our society that advocate a permissive
clothing. It must be okay.” approach to sexuality, without regard for
Taken from the church bulletin. St. Peter Chanel modesty, self-respect or the moral values
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Standards This is worship of a false god. Instead of
The Evangelization Station bringing life, it brings death."
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society's standards. It may indeed meet Telephone: 209-728-5598 their dress have been increasingly left to
with society's standards; however, we their own defenses as recent fashion trends
can safely say that it does not meet with leave 'conservative dress' virtually
God’s. As Christians, we are not to Pamphlet 455 impossible, if not extinct. Nowadays,
be followers of society's standards, anyone left clinging to conservative dress in
but the standards of Christ. We urge the incoming tide of cleavage-baring tank-
tops and clothing requiring classification And so begins the downward spiral towards sense of modesty, you would be ashamed of
(i.e. 'is that a shirt or a dress?') is left feeling, the complete dilution of a sense of modesty. yourselves and you would dread the harm
quite simply, alienated. you are making of yourselves, the harm
In a time where what was previously which you are causing these children, whom
A specialized group called 'Pure Fashion' morally unthinkable has become our reality, Heaven has entrusted to you to be brought
http://www.purefashion.com/ has suggested it seems that modest dress has become an up as Christians."
that being fashionable does not need to 'irrelevant' consideration, even amongst
mean lowering ones standards and one's some of the Church's most faithful. At the In many efforts to 'build up' and to
dignity. Pure Fashion challenges young very least it seems to have taken a backseat 'empower' women, the world often
women to embrace the fullness of their in the effort to uphold the larger moral facilitates precisely the opposite.
femininity: which means recognizing the framework that continues to threaten its own Womanhood has been contracted and
power inherent to the human body and collapse. Pro-life groups have even constricted to an unattainable, inhuman
respecting this great gift (through dressing suggested modesty should not be 'part of the picture of pseudo-femininity and the sooner
modestly) instead of harvesting its power for program'. we jump out of the pot, the better.
In an era where the 'wisdom of the ages' has www.LifeSiteNews.com. Used with
In his bulletin article become blog entry little to no weight, and, like rebellious permission.
entitled "Immodest Dress: A Priest Cries for teenagers, our society seeks to forge their
Modesty," Father John Lyons OMV, own feel-good method of approaching Immodest Dress, "A Priest
addresses the issue of immodest dress even morality, it is widely believed that
among the most faithful Catholics ('daily traditional views on the intrinsic value of Cries For Modesty!"
communicants') let alone the general modesty have been proved to be laughable.
population. Father John Lyons, OMV
In the 1950s, however, Pope Pius XII was
Defining immodest dress vaguely as very frank with Christian mothers, Parents are often obliged to correct their
'anything revealing,' Father Lyons mentions underscoring the central importance of children over and over again - about the
that the problem is not only relevant for modesty: "The good of our soul is more same thing. They would really prefer not
young women but more particularly for important than that of our body; and we to have to do it, but if they didn’t they
older women. have to prefer the spiritual welfare of our would be guilty of sinning by omission.
neighbor to our bodily comforts… If a Priests feel the same way. One of the
"Maybe [immodestly dressed older women] certain kind of dress constitutes a grave and things that we often have to
think that they're beyond the age of posing a proximate occasion of sin, and endangers correct people about is the use of
temptation (and maybe they are). However, the salvation of your soul and others, it is immodest clothing.
they are giving bad example to others - most your duty to give it up… O Christian
notably their own daughters and mothers, if you knew what a future of Dressing Immodestly Is A Sin
grandchildren. They, too, are committing anxieties and perils, of ill-guarded shame
scandal. Those who see them will think: you prepare for your sons and daughters, At this time we most especially need to
'She's a good Catholic, and she wears imprudently getting them accustomed to live remind girls and women to not wear
revealing clothing. It must be okay.'" scantily dressed and making them lose the