Monday, August 25, 2008

Truth Is Stranger #83: "Miss Sister 2008"

ROME (AFP) - The first beauty pageant for nuns debuts next month with the advent of "Miss Sister Italy," aimed at erasing a stereotype of nuns as being old and sad, a newspaper reported Sunday.

"Nuns are above all women and beauty is a gift from God," priest Antonio Rungi of the southern Italian diocese of Modragone told the daily Corriere della Sera.

"This contest will be a way to show there isn't just the beauty we see on television but also a more discrete charm," he added.

Nuns wishing to participate in the contest should send their picture to Rungi, who will publish it on his blog. Internet surfers can then vote for their favorite nun online.

You know the saying about the road to hell being paved with good intentions?

Read the rest here.

UPDATE! What a shock, his superiors thought it was a bad idea. It's canceled. Reason triumphs.


Baron Korf said...

I'm confused. So are they going to be sporting their habits?

Allen's Brain said...

So, I guess this means no swimsuit competition...

...Because serene devotion is the new black.

I would've called it the Miss Vatican competition.

Is this really how we want the public to view nuns? "Wow! Sister Mary Catherine is WAY hotter than Sister Agnes!"

Way to objectify women! Woohoo!

Intrepid Mother of the Front Pew Crew said...

Has anyone told Sr. Mary Martha? I am laughing just anticipating her monologue on this priest and his pageant. I have a feeling Fr. Rungi is going to feel the smack of a ruler on the palms of his hands pretty soon. If Sr. Mary Martha doesn't do it, there are still plenty of capable nuns out there that will.

Helen said...

I am saddened that they keep describing our current images of sister as old and sad, implying that they want to replace this image with young and hip. I worked with an elderly sister who had a beautiful countenance about her. Yes, she wore a habit, and she had a laugh that she was very free about letting people hear. She told jokes. You could look and her and see a continuity of joy as she served Christ. I bet if I sent her picture to Fr. Rungi, she wouldn't even make it on the sight. And I bet she would laugh harder than I've ever heard her laugh before. She truly is a beautiful nun, but not for reasons the article implies it is looking for.

Anonymous said...

Anybody see something strange about a priest trying to collect pictures of "cute" nuns from the internet?

Too bad the FBI can't take just 10 minutes looking at his web browser.


Sister Mary Martha said...

I'm on the case.

CMinor said...

I was just thinking, anon, that somebody's bishop needed to call him in for an urgent meeting...