The indecency of women’s fashion and modern dances, according to Benedict XV, 1920

The indecency of women’s fashion and modern dances, according to Benedict XV, 1920

Giacomo della Chiesa, dit Benoît XV (1854-1914)
(…) In this respect, we can not sufficiently deplore the blindness of so many women of all ages and condition maddened by the desire to please, they do not see how the indecency of their clothing shocks every man honest and offends God.
Most would have blushed once these toilets as a serious fault against Christian modesty; Now, it is not enough to produce them on public roads; they are not afraid to cross the threshold and churches, to attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and even bring up the Eucharistic table, where one receives the heavenly Author of purity, the seducer of food shameful passions.
And we’re not talking about these exotic dances and recently imported barbarians in worldly circles, more shocking than each other: one can not imagine anything more specific to banish any remaining modesty. (…)
With particular regard to Tertiary Sisters, We ask them to be, for their implementation and the whole of their maintenance, the holy modesty models for other women or girls; they are well convinced that the best way for them to be useful to the Church and to society is to work to improve morality. (…)
Latin version
For it is not enough to have on hand with an appearance such as – and who, many of them long ago exhorruissent, that Christian modesty too much, fighting against – have come into the public without his sacred buildings; and shalt not fear it; and in the sacred celebration of the study, an activity over and over again up to the the table of the Eucharist, in which the divine purity of the author of it is taken, a flock defer arranged desires.
We send them out, and they came to the things that had recently departed from the custom of the barbarians in that in the men’s of elegant men, Were it otherwise, the inferior ones are dances, the more effectively it can be found to all the emissaries that have no sense of shame. (…)
The Tertiaries on this second part, which comes to them-especially as regards, to offer themselves to the worship of the rest of the maids, matrons in the habit of holy chastity, as he lifts a document is in the every stage of life; the state will not be able to earn than to think they have been corrupted by preparing for them a better sense about the amendment of morals, and of the Church. (…)
Reference
Benedict XV, Encyclical Sacra propediem at about the seventh centenary of the founding of the Franciscan Third Order , January 6, 1921, in Proceedings of Benedict XV, Volume III, House of the Good Press, Paris, 1926, p. 57 -58.
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