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A Man’s Plea for a Discussion of Modesty

Who’s Winning the Cleavage Contest? (No One.)

PinkHeartA woman in Church feels she is well-dressed. The men who see her—the elderly, those in their prime, even very young boys—are unable to see her heart, distracted by her revealing to the world, a treasure God created for her husband alone.

A female usher (specially trained to intervene in a charitable manner), comes by with a tasteful sweater, asking the well-dressed woman to put it on.

Why should I do that?” Almost no one who has such habits of dress, would have any comprehension of the fact that a problem even exists.

But should we be caught with our heads in the sand, while the secular world demonstrates, not merely awareness of the problem, but is taking the leadership in solving it? Are we in the Church able to discuss this topic, charitably, of course, but with courage and resolve?

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Plea for discussion of modest dress

Dear Friends,

MotherDaughterHow wonderful it is to see that the Mother-Daughter Program will be fostering the vocation to chastity among the fine young women of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish this February 22nd.

Would that the daughters could be the teachers of the mothers, on the issue of chastity in dress.

It is not equally wonderful, that up to one in twenty-five women attending our parish’s liturgies is inappropriately dressed.

That number is scarcer among parish employees and key volunteers. Yet truth be told, there is still a problem with the issue of modesty in dress even within that rarified population. (Fear of detraction prevents me from being more specific, but if it were juridically appropriate, I could cite specific instances of that problem having occurred among our key parish personnel within the past six months.)

To be fair, substantial and successful efforts to remediate the problem have been under way for years, even as maturation of the fruit seems a number of years off.

In fact, it seems an intractable problem, that is, one with no ready solution:

  • Except that we be empowered merely to discuss it.

What could a reactionary envision being done? Women ushers could be equipped with tasteful sweaters, they could be specially trained to intervene in a charitable manner, to kindly ask the offenders to put on the sweaters.

It would never work. Almost no one who has such habits of dress, would have any comprehension of the fact that a problem even exists.

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“We asked about office dress codes and boy did you answer. Loudly. Nearly 4,600 people responded to our survey and proved dress codes are, and always will be, a hot topic that gets fairly contentious in a hurry.”…

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