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Permissiveness

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 Contents - Sep 2004AD2000 September 2004 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: 2004 Fighting Fund launched - Michael Gilchrist
Morwell: Vatican decision backs parish priests who uphold Church teachings - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Pulp Fiction: Religious illiteracy and 'The Da Vinci Code' - Fr Martin Tierney
Books: Exposing 'The Da Vinci Code' fraud - James Hitchcock
Iraqi bishop: positive developments despite the violence and bloodshed - Bishop Rabban Al-Qas
Terrorist attacks on Iraqi Christians - Catholic World News
Mass Attendance: Where have all the worshippers gone? - Fr Martin Durham
Sydney Catholic Adult Education Centre courses prove popular - Peter Holmes
Mission: Sydney seminary's evangelisation program revitalises parish - Bishop Julian Porteous
Events: Carnivale Christi Melbourne to celebrate Graham Greene's centenary - Liam Houlihan
Why not a little Latin in the liturgy? - Angus Sibley
Adult education: Latin language course in Melbourne
Letters: Thank you from East Timor (letter) - Fr Marcos de Oliviera SDB
Letters: Mass translation? - Philip Holberton
Letters: NRSV Bible - Mrs M.A. Ross
Letters: Liturgy abuses - Peter Lynch
Letters: 'King Arthur' an anti-Catholic movie - Fr Brian Harrison
Letters: Permissiveness - Ena Makaus
Letters: State Aid - George Caruana JP
Letters: Maronite Church - L.L. Booth
Letters: Support given - Barry O'Brien
Letters: The Power of One - Carola Morgan
Letters: AIDS in the Philippines - Christopher Rule
Letters: Freedom to be Born pro-life march - George F. Simpson
Letters: Moral relativism - Tim Coyle
Books: The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity, by Philip Jenkins - John Barich (reviewer)
Books: The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in America, by David Carlin - Fr James Schall SJ (reviewer)
Books: Interrupted Journeys: Young Refugees from Hitler's Reich, by Alan Gill - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: Catholic Family Catechism: 2004 Disciples Edition with 50 Questions and Answers - Fr Peter Murphy
Books: More new titles from AD Books
Reflection: Why the priesthood is absolutely necessary - Fr John O'Neill

I refer to Cathy Cleary's letter July AD2000. Her apparently laissez-faire attitude is quite amazing.

According to Cathy, young people deserve carte blanche to dress and behave as they choose. So, if the fad of the day is to display a maximum amount of skin, then young women presumably may attend Holy Mass and go to Holy Communion bikini-clad, and young men in short shorts and singlet. I wonder would they attend a job interview similarly dressed.

Cathy should re-read I Timothy 2:9: "I also want the women to be modest and sensible about their clothes and to dress properly. And also, Hebrews 12:28: "Worship God in a way that will please him, with reverence and awe".

To be scantily and immodestly dressed with plunging neckline, bare arms showing arm pits, bare shoulders and back, and exposed midriff is not a sign of respect for the holy place of worship, and does not help one to worship "with reverence and awe".

These sorts of apparel may be suitable for clubs and pubs, but more decorum is necessary in the house of God.

Cathy might also re-acquaint herself with the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (e.g., par 2523: "Modesty inspires a way of life which makes it possible to resist the allures of fashion and the pressures of prevailing ideologies."

Without doubt, the benign ironical expression in Bruce Dawe's poem is an antidote against permissiveness. The editorial staff of AD2000 are to be commended for their courage, common sense and impartiality.

ENA MAKAUS
East Malvern, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 17 No 8 (September 2004), p. 15

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