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					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.
                                                                                                       Boiling Water
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
Immodesty Does Not Fit God's                 Catholic Church, 12001 E. 214th St., Hawaiian      that bring quality to human relationships!
                                             Gardens, CA 90716. (562) 924-7591
Standards                                                                                       This is worship of a false god. Instead of
                                                       The Evangelization Station               bringing life, it brings death."
Someone might argue that the wearing                          P.O. Box 267
of revealing clothing now meets with               Angels Camp, California, 95222, USA          Those women who wish to remain modest in
society's standards. It may indeed meet                 Telephone: 209-728-5598                 their dress have been increasingly left to
                                                   E-mail: evangelization@earthlink.net
with society's standards; however, we                                                           their own defenses as recent fashion trends
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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.
selfish reasons.
                                                        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

				
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