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To: thor76; All

"Secondly, a woman singing in public would have been a cause of grave scandal, as she would be a distraction & possible occasion of sin for the eyes. This is also why a woman was to cover her hair/head in church - humility....and that her glory (her hair) not be a distraction. "
Not to go off topic completely, but I want to add that St. Charles Borromeo demanded that his priests(he was archibishop of Milan and a major architect of the Counter-Reformation)be clean shaven -- for similar reasons. These days, we are obliged to look at all sorts of weird facial fur-growth at the altar -- and I don't just mean the mustached sisters. Satanic Van Dyke whiskers may be popular among pro baseball players -- but on priests, they are just nasty and to my mind signify a deeply inappropriate devotion to grooming in order to stand out, not blend in.


84 posted on 09/24/2004 5:07:15 PM PDT by Temple Drake
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To: Temple Drake; rogator; dsc; Pio; pascendi; Canticle_of_Deborah; broadsword; Maeve; ELS; ...

St. Charles Borromeo may well have had one thing in mind when he made the prohibition against facial hair: VANITY.

Indeed, a priest who grows facial hair - and I have yet to meet one who was not meticulously groomed - do spend an inordinate amount of time grooming themselves.

The same might be said to apply to haircuts. I see all too many priests who obviously spend much more money on a haircut then I do. This is that same problem: vanity.

Similar with the abandonment of the habit - for preists and religious.

One rarely sees a priest in a cassock - anywhere - much less on the street. On the day of his ordination he was set apart from all other men. Even if he does not take a vow of poverty, he should be not caught up in maintaining his personal appearance.

He exists to help souls find the way to salvation - not to find Brooks Brothers! The habit has a very good reason: humility, sublimation of the self.

Universal vows of poverty for all clergy would be far better - of material sufficiency. They may have only what they truly need for care of body, and the performance of their duties. They should only own something if it is necessary - and not of harm to their souls.

But as Our Lady said at LaSallette - the clergy have become lax, prideful, and seek only after riches and honors. And that was nearly 150 years ago!


85 posted on 09/24/2004 6:25:26 PM PDT by thor76 (Vade retro, Draco! Crux sacra sit mihi lux!)
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