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Miss Sister 2008 - Bringing "Sexy" To The Catholic Church

Haha... I couldn't help but be humored by this. A beauty pageant for nuns... organized by a priest?? Why? To fight the stereotype that nuns are all old and dour, says Rev. Antonio Rungi, an Italian theologian.

So, let me get this straight... the priest is essentially pimping his nuns? Does the Pope know about this?

The story goes... the good Reverend said on Sunday that he is organizing an online beauty pageant for nuns.
The "Miss Sister 2008" contest will start in September on a blog run by the Reverend and will give nuns from around the world a chance to showcase their work and their image.

Rungi said that... visitors to his site will have a month to "vote for the nun they consider a model."
Nuns will fill out a profile including information about their life and vocation as well as a photograph. It will be up to them to choose whether to pose with the traditional veil or with their heads uncovered.

"We are not going to parade nuns in bathing suits," Rungi said. "But being ugly is not a requirement for becoming a nun. External beauty is gift from God, and we mustn't hide it." He hopes there will be dozens of submissions once the Web site is started.

I'm sure there will be lots and lots of criticism following this.

Despite my strict Catholic upbringing, I find the entire thing hilarious! It's counter to much that was beaten into my head as a child. I empathize with the priest's intent, but isn't this just a kind of objectification of the nuns? There's a reason why they wear their habits. What's next? Nun calendars?



  1. Anonymous said...

    Hmmmm this is "special"...and I don't mean that in a good way. A beauty contest for nuns? They wear habits and dress in a modest manner so that they will not attract sexual attentions/glances from men. So why would anyone, especially a priest, want to draw attention to their physical beauty? There are enough shenanigans going on in the Catholic church as it is. What's next a "Nuns Gone Wild" video? Ewwwww....

    - P

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