A beauty pageant for Catholic nuns

Rev. Antonio Rungi wants to run a nun beauty pageant to “give them more visibility within the Catholic Church and to fight the stereotype that they are all old and dour.”

The “Miss Sister 2008” contest will start in September on a blog run by the Rev. Antonio Rungi and will give nuns from around the world a chance to showcase their work and their image.

Rungi, a theologian and schoolteacher from the Naples area, 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.

Heads uncovered? Ah, they must be liberal nuns… the nerve. But Rungi makes it clear that this is not your average beauty pageant.

We are not going to parade nuns in bathing suits,” Rungi said by telephone from his town of Mondragone.

Awww, Shucks. I was so looking forward to the evening gown and talent portions.

But being ugly is not a requirement for becoming a nun. External beauty is gift from God, and we mustn’t hide it.”

OK, so God chooses to gift certain people with external beauty. And everyone else gets the gift of ugly? Anyway, so some of those externally beautiful people get called on to sacrifice a large percentage of their lives to meaningless prayer and devotion. Why not let them show off their bods on a blog for a while? A little jolt of ‘normal life’ might do them good.


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