From Rorate Caeli:

zoom_anichini25Some excerpts from the writings of the late Don Vincenzo Cuomo, exorcist, (R.I.P. July 18, 2009) against the indecent fashions that are now spreading even into sacred places. Unfortunately, we rarely hear anyone today condemn these shameless fashions. We miss zealous priests like Don Giusppe Tomaselli, Don Lindo Ruotolo and Don Vincenzo Cuomo:


“Looking back at the summer season now over, we need to acknowledge, unfortunately, that nothing has improved with regard to women’s fashions, which have become increasingly more indecent. Nudism, these days, has even crossed the thresholds of our churches!


“There is a topic which has become taboo: women’s fashions. Who talks about it? Is it all acceptable? And if something isn’t acceptable, who should illuminate, rebuke and correct? Nudism, alas, has become increasingly more brazen and intrusive, fomented by [TV] shows, newspapers and billboard advertising […] We are now witnessing the globalization of immodesty, since the idea that a woman is not a woman if she isn’t provocative has taken root in [the minds] of the masses. It first began with the shortening of sleeves and then – sleeves disappeared altogether.

“More and more of the upper part of the body became exposed. Simultaneously there was the appearance of the mini-skirt which has become progressively more  mini! So why not bare the midriff and the navel as well? And then extremely tight shorts and ‘short shorts’. Today this audacity knows no limits, not even in holy places – in our churches and sanctuaries […]. And what is there to say when in some churches women dressed unbecomingly go up to the lectern or are extraordinary ministers of Communion? Perhaps these observations will make some smile, since now – they say – “times have changed and these things don’t shock us anymore!” This assertion is as false as it is stupid. So the concupiscence of the eyes and the flesh doesn’t exist anymore, does it? And what is written in the letters of the Apostles about women’s dress doesn’t count anymore either? The reality is this: sins of impurity are not considered sin anymore. And all this has not happened by chance.


“There has been an all out strategy of diabolical malice aimed at de-Christianizing the masses; this has occurred not with guns and prisons, but by demolishing Christian principles. […] Against this ‘steam-roller’ which seems to have no obstacles, a strong, authoritative voice must be heard! Our Lady of Fatima, through little Jacinta, preannounced the advent of indecent fashions – the cause of the loss of many souls. May the Most Pure Virgin, through Her powerful intercession, obtain a return to a pure and chaste life, at least among Christian women.”


[Source: Cordialiter blog, July 14, 2015. Translation: Contributor Francesca Romana.]

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16 Responses to Immodesty

  1. “There is a topic which has become taboo: women’s fashions.”

    Of course it’s taboo. Even to talk about it would be politically incorrect, and in today’s world, being politically incorrect about anything brings instant condemnation.

    Who would want that?

    Certainly no one, except maybe a saint.


  2. ginnyfree says:

    Yeah. It is summer and sometimes the gals come to Mass dressed for the beach! It is a shame and sad and I simply figure that mom and dad aren’t doing their job. ONCE I heard a priest actually give a homily on this topic and in that parish’s bulletin was a little weekly blurb about the dress code there at that parish! Yeppers! He even sometimes yelled at folks! He was old school and great. He was my first Pastor as a convert and I miss him. Pope Pius the XII tried addressing immodesty. I can’t imagine what he’d say if he could see some of the get ups that show up in my parish! Oh well. I mind my own hemlines and try to ignore the worst of them. It wouldn’t be a bad idea for other priests to give the talk about the clothes that are appropriate for Sunday worship once in a while. It says that they do care. God bless. Ginnyfree.


  3. kathleen says:

    Ginny, I also once heard a courageous priest preach about immodest dress. He stated, in no uncertain terms, that you do not come to Mass as though you are going to “los torros” (the bullfight) or “la playa” (the beach)! Good for him! Wish that there were more priests who would address the subject of immodesty.

    As it mentions in the article, little Blessed Jacinta of Fatima told us (direct from Our Lady) that more souls go to Hell through “sins of the flesh” than any other sins!! Wow. As sins of the flesh are probably more common these days that ever before, this is a frightening thought. Many might protest that sins like murder, violence, hate crimes, extortion, et al, are surely much worse, aren’t they? Yet, if you think about it you begin to relaise that it is usually through sins of the flesh that all other sins flow.

    With Man’s inborn concupiscence, we all have to struggle to a greater or lesser degree against sins of impurity. Women in particular have to be careful not to become ‘occasions of sin’ for men by their immodest dress or behaviour. And both men and women should learn to practice ‘custody of the eyes’ as many of the great saints of the Church have taught.


  4. mikeflexman says:

    I can recount a true story related to this topic. Unusually, I went to Sunday Mass at Clifton Cathedral. I mean to say that I always go to Mass on Sunday, but once last year I went to the Cathedral. There was a lady in front of me and when she stood for the Gospel, her trousers did not. I was surprised to see the whole of her bum and even more surprised to see that she was not wearing any knickers! She just hitched up her trousers and carried on. When it came to time for Holy Communion she went forward as an extraordinary minister. As I recount this story it seems actually incredible, but I saw this with my own eyes. I think the technical term is a “wardrobe malfunction.”


  5. GC says:

    Kathleen, as a denizen of South-east Asia, can I say that western tourists to our equatorial islands and forests, more often the young female ones, do often cause offence by their costume, at least in this country where I dwell.

    Please, European and other like mums and dads, Scandinavians and Australians in particular, tell your daughters to experiment with modesty in dress and behaviour when not within the confines of divey backpacker hostels. It may mean nothing to you, but we here would appreciate it.


  6. GC says:

    Dear mikeflexman, though by your title you seem a rugged character, that must have been, in the modern parlance, an “experience”.

    Have you quite recovered?

    In my own limited experience, female extraordinary ministers or readers sometimes favour apricot track suits, at least in Jesuit-run parishes. They (the apricot track suits, not the Jesuits) seem somehow to “stay on” more or less, mainly more, though I see some airlines are considering banning them.


  7. kathleen says:

    @ Mike Flexman

    What a disgrace! I wonder what St. Padre Pio would have had to say about this affront to Our Blessed Lord by this ill-dressed woman! (And she a so-called Extraordinary Minister no less!)
    Skirts and dresses are so pretty, comfortable to wear, and feminine. What was stopping her dressing properly, like a woman, and most especially when going to meet her Blessed Saviour at Holy Mass? Seems to me that plenty of women have a “wardrobe malfunction” these days.

    @ GC

    “Apricot tracksuits” you say? The men who deliver the butane gas bottles in Spain wear apricot-coloured outfits. Sounds similar. Hmmm! 😉


  8. mikeflexman says:

    I am not a sensitive soul and it does take quite a lot to shock me nowadays. The incident with the descending trousers was particularly egregious, but I had more or less forgotten about it, until this article on modesty in church reminded me. I agree with Kathleen that women are the main offenders. Although I once saw a bloke wearing shorts and nothing else at Sunday Mass in the Cathedral of Our Lady in Acapulco. A lot of English Catholics seem to take pride in coming to Mass wearing scruffy clothes. Perhaps we need a dress code for going to church?


  9. GC says:

    kathleen, like mikeflexman, I also had a horrifying flashback, in my case to noon weekday Masses in my Jesuit parish in the 80s.It was held in a sort of non-descript makeshift side chapel (got to get away from that triumphalist 150 year old marble main altar), where we just sat on rows of plastic chairs the whole time and never stood or knelt. Father sj would do likewise and only needed to wear an ecumenical alb and very basic stole or so. Mavis the habitual lector would feel neither over nor under dressed in her designer trackies in a few different pastel hues. Very 80s, as you’ll probably recall.


  10. toadspittle says:

    Will we wear modest clothing in Heaven? Or any clothing? Who will make it?
    If, as we are told, we are made in God’s image, why are we ashamed of our naked bodies?
    Or, is covering up our bodies nothing to do with “impure”thoughts?
    Is it just because we are all so ugly – compared to, say, a tiger?


  11. kathleen says:

    Ah yes, dear GC, I remember the 80s well! It was a crazy time in the Church. The ‘new’ Mass celebrated in the Protestant-sounding vernacular, together with an abandonment of so many beautiful Catholic devotions, had created such havoc to the faith of priests and laity alike. We had high hopes at the beginning of St. John Paul II’s papacy that now some of the damage done in the aftermath of VII would be repaired, given time.

    A young mother, I was mainly preoccupied with having babies and small children to look after in the decade of the 80s, so was probably mercifully spared having to dwell too much on the tragedy that had taken place in the Church. I simply tried to retain as many of the beloved old Church practices in the home that I could remember from my early childhood.

    However, I do recall having a constant ache in my heart during these times at how reverence, modesty (in dress and behaviour), piety, hearing about the heroic lives of saints and martyrs from the pulpit, devotion to Our Lady… just altogether so many treasures of our Glorious Faith seemed to have gone up in smoke! (Satan’s smoke most likely!!) No one talked about them or practiced them anymore.
    All the prophesies and warnings of Our Blessed Lady at Fatima, La Salette, Akita, Garabandal, etc. were starting to play out before our very eyes.

    In spite of all the many problems we are having to confront nowadays, I am truly happy at having discovered so many like-minded traditional Catholics, thanks first of all to having gone on the Chartres pilgrimage and the wonderful Catholic friends I have since made there; and second to the Catholic bloggers on the internet! Yes, honestly! I used to think I was an odd ball before – everyone round me seemed to be a modernist; now I know there are lots of us traditional Catholics all over the globe fighting the good fight for the Sovereignty of Christ the King and all the teachings of Our Holy Catholic Church. 🙂


  12. Toadspittle says:

    What utter nonsense. People talk of nothing but women’s fashions (and men’s) Thousands of magazines are devoted to nothing else. Absurd? Yes.


  13. johnhenrycn says:

    “Looking back at the summer season now over, we need to acknowledge, unfortunately, that nothing has improved with regard to women’s fashions…” sayeth the late Don Vincenzo…

    …this takes me back to a letter written by the disgraced *Bishop* Richard Williamson (ex-SSPX) that I read many years ago (and agreed with and still do), but which has mostly disappeared from cyberspace, but which has been preserved by our dear friends at –

    “Summer’s end may not seem to be the cleverest moment to choose to write about women’s dress…”


  14. johnhenrycn says:

    Am I mistaken that St Pio refused to hear women’s confessions if they were wearing trousers?


  15. johnhenrycn says:

    On the other hand, *Bishop* Williamson also derides people who like The Sound of Music, which causes me pain because I’ve just spent a few hundred $$$ on balcony seats for me, daughter and granddaughter to see same next month, and no refunds are available: ‘The Sound of Music’ Will Rot Your Soul.
    Damian looks so young in that picture.


  16. johnhenrycn says:

    I would have been well advised to have read Kathleen’s (18 July at 08:03) before posting the above.


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