Have You Made Modesty Into Your Religion?

If you would have asked me this question a few years ago I might have said YES! Scary right?

Well unfortunately Modesty has become a Religion to many – and in more ways than one! Is this a reason to judge them for it? Nah. It’s all the more reason to pray for them and be the better example. And, if the right opportunity arises perhaps you could help them along the right road.

Note: these questions are based on many, many opinions that people have on modesty that I have met which differ from the actual Church Teachings and such concerning Modesty.

Moving right along here; if you answer YES to any of the questions you may be putting Modesty into a far higher place than Christ. You may, indeed, be making Modesty your religion. If this seems true, then no worries! Life is all about falling down and getting back up; Confession and the Holy Eucharist were given to us not because we are already Saints, but because without them we could never become Saints. We all have our faults and it is our duty to work on getting rid of them.

Also, if it makes you feel better these are also questions that I am asking myself.

May God bless you!


  • Is wearing pants is equivalent to committing murder?
  • If you see a woman wearing spandex do you automatically judge her as a bad Catholic heading for Hell because of that?
  • Are pants reason enough to end a friendship over?
  • Do you agree that not wearing a veil can damn a woman to hell?
  • If a person you’ve just met is wearing a mini skirt, or a very low top, would you tell her outright, no matter where you are or how many people are around, that she is going to hell because of her clothing choices?
  • If a woman wears pants regularly, but still practices virtue and is very holy and dedicated to her Catholic Faith, would you think she has no potential of gaining heaven?
  • If any person is virtuous, holy, takes their Faith very seriously and is doing their best to go to heaven, but is oblivious to what Modesty in Dress means, would you say that she is committing a Mortal Sin?
  • Would you say the above person has no chances at all of attaining heaven?
  • Are women who unknowingly dress immodestly unable to reach Sainthood?
  • Should “Modest” dress be based solely on how we feel?
  • Is the way someone dresses a perfectly good reason to avoid being genuinely nice to them?
  • Is it a mortal sin for a woman to not cover their elbows? Knees? Feet? Collarbone?
  • If a woman does not wear pants because of what she believes should I avoid being genuinely nice to her because of that?
  • Is Modesty in Dress the only important Virtue?
  • Can dressing immodestly be the gravest sin?
  • Is Modesty in Dress more important than say, Sodomy? Abortion? Sacrilege?
  • Do I judge a woman’s spiritual life solely by the way she dresses?
  • In your opinion, do you think a man or woman can only be good if they dress modestly? No matter what?
  • Is it IMpossible to act immodestly while dressing modest?
  • Is DRESSING modestly the only thing meant by the word, “Modesty” ?
  • Do I have the absolute duty to tell every single woman & man about how dumb I think the whole “dressing modestly” issue is?
  • Am I bound, under pain of Mortal sin, to wear a veil in Church?
  • Do I have the right to make fun of a woman because of her decisions to wear only skirts? Her decision to wear only pants?

  • Is wearing pants is equivalent to committing murder? According to the Catholic Church, more specifically The Catechism, Murder is an intrinsic evil. Women wearing pants, specifically, is not an intrinsic evil.
  • If you see a woman wearing spandex do you automatically judge her as a bad Catholic heading for Hell because of that? The Catholic Church says we do not have the right to judge a person’s eternity – we can however
  • Do you agree that not wearing a veil can damn a woman to hell? Wearing a veil for Mass is not obligatory, therefore it cannot be a mortal sin to not wear one.
  • If a person you’ve just met is wearing a mini skirt, or a very low top, would you tell her outright, no matter where you are or how many people are around, that she is going to hell because of her clothing choices? Bad idea. You want to bring people to Christ, not scare them away – insult them – and push them further away because of your lack of manners.
  • If a woman wears pants regularly, but still practices virtue and is very holy and dedicated to her Catholic Faith, would you think she has no potential of gaining heaven? Every human being has the potential of gaining heaven if they follow Christ and His Church, take advantage of the Sacraments and lead a holy life. Period.
  • If any person is virtuous, holy, takes their Faith very seriously and is doing their best to go to heaven, but is oblivious to what Modesty in Dress means, would you say that she is committing a Mortal Sin? A Mortal Sin is sin done with deliberate consent, grave matter and full knowledge. I hope this answers your question.
  • Would you say the above person has no chances at all of attaining heaven? See other answer concerning this type of question.
  • Are women who unknowingly dress immodestly unable to reach Sainthood? Every human being has the potential of gaining heaven if they follow Christ and His Church, take advantage of the Sacraments and lead a holy life. Period. “Unknowingly” is the key word here.
  • Should “Modest” dress be based solely on how we feel? No. Feelings are not facts, nor are feelings the basis for Our Catholic Faith. We should use the given guidelines as a basis, and work with that.
  • Is the way someone dresses a perfectly good reason to avoid being genuinely nice to them? Has there been any reason for a Catholic to avoid being genuinely nice to another human being? No.
  • Is it a mortal sin for a woman to not cover their elbows? Knees? Feet? Collarbone? No it is not. (See Mortal Sin definition, Intrinsic evil definition.)
  • If a woman does not wear pants because of what she believes should I avoid being genuinely nice to her because of that? Has there been any reason for a Catholic to avoid being genuinely nice to another human being? No.
  • Is Modesty in Dress the only important Virtue? Absolutely not. I recommend reading a good Catechism.
  • Can dressing immodestly be the gravest sin? There are a few sins so grave that you are excommunicated instantly and then need a bishop’s permission to even confess thereafter:
    • Throwing away the Eucharist
    • Taking or retaining the Eucharist for sacrilegious purposes
    • Using physical violence against the Pope
    • (priest) Absolving an accomplice in sin, except in danger of death
    • (bishop) Conferring/receiving episcopal consecration without Papal permission
    • (priest) Violating the seal of confession
    • Falsely denouncing a priest for solicitation to sin in confession
    • Procuring a completed abortion

Dressing immodestly can depend on the person – their intent and the gravity of their dress and the situation and so on. Immodesty is always wrong, but it is not the gravest sin. The sin of impurity (as we are told by Our Lady of Fatima) is the leading sin that brings the most souls to Hell – which constitutes as Immodesty, but also the other sins of impurity as well.

  • Is Modesty in Dress more important than say, Sodomy? Abortion? Sacrilege? See above answer.
  • Do I judge a woman’s spiritual life solely by the way she dresses?  Catholics are not called to judge a person’s spiritual life or intent. Learn your Faith well before attempting to “fix” someone else’s situation or faults. The Catechism is a great way to be able to understand the limits and our obligations concerning “instruct the ignorant/counsel the doubtful/etc”
  • In your opinion, do you think a man or woman can only be good if they dress modestly? No matter what? What does the Church say about this concerning sinners? Can a sinner be good? Can they be good only if they excel in one virtue?
  • Is it IMpossible to act immodestly while dressing modest? No. Let’s turn this around: is it impossible to give money to charity while being uncharitable about it? Yes. Is it possible to treat others unkindly while dressed well? Yes.
  • Is DRESSING modestly the only thing meant by the word, “Modesty” ? No.  Modesty, according to the Catholic Church, has connections not only with the outward apparel of the person (male or female) but also with how a person speaks, how they act towards others (their demeanor), their example, manner, simplicity… the list goes on. The word, modesty, aside from being a fruit of the Holy Spirit is also connected with the virtue of Temperance.
  • Do I have the absolute duty to tell every single woman & man about how dumb I think the whole “dressing modestly” issue is? Catholic’s have the duty to Evangelize – to profess the Catholic Faith, whether it be by word, deed, example, prayer or all of the above. Period. But how we do it is imperative – truth can be given in a vicious manner or it can be given charitably.
  • Am I bound, under pain of Mortal sin, to wear a veil in Church? No. Veiling at Mass (especially the Extraordinary Rite – the Latin Mass) is preferred, but not obliged. I personally prefer to wear the veil because of its many perks and such. But we are not bound under pain of sin to cover our heads. See this article here.
  • Do I have the right to make fun of a woman because of her decisions to wear only skirts? Her decision to wear only pants? Do Catholics have the right to make fun of anyone? For any reason? Especially if the person they are ridiculing is making a personal sacrifice? Of course not.

 

 

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