Beyond Hemlines: What a Pope Can Teach Us About Modesty by Deborah Farmer Kris

One of the best things I’ve ever seen written on either Pope Francis or the Catholic Catechism.

DeborahPhotoPope Francis’ obvious decency appeals to me as a human.  His discourse and homilies appeal to me as a Christian.

But his humble actions appeal to me as a Mormon woman who is weary of witnessing, over and over, how we culturally misuse the term “modesty” and reduce it to base rules governing the attire of (primarily) teenage girls.

Pope Francis gives me hope for the future of our modesty discourse because in five months, he has somehow managed to make humility and  modesty cool again.

First, let’s look at modesty as discussed in the Catholic Catechism:

  • Modesty protects the intimate center of the person. It guides how one looks at others (author note: not how others look at you) and behaves toward them in conformity with the dignity of persons and their solidarity. Modesty inspires a way of life which makes it possible to resist the allurements of fashion and the…

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  1. I know that men and women can be friends. I am friends with several of my male coworkers. Friendships are not dependent on sex, some people relate to the opposite sex better.
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