Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Nun Beauty Pageant

It's a shame, this sounded like it could have been a really fun time: a nun's beauty pageant.

Yes, an Italian priest was thinking of having a beauty pageant for nuns. Who wouldn't be looking forward to the swimsuit round?

Sadly it looks like it's not going to happen.

An Italian priest who had planned an online "pageant" for nuns has suspended the project, saying he was misinterpreted and had no intention of putting sisters on a beauty catwalk.

"My superiors were not happy. The local bishop was not happy, but they did not understand me either," Father Antonio Rungi told Reuters by telephone from his convent in southern Italy Tuesday.

"It was not at all my intention to put nuns on the catwalk," said Rungi, a priest of the Passionists religious order, speaking from his convent in the town of Mondragone.

Rungi's idea appeared in newspapers around the world after he wrote of a contest for nuns on his blog, called by some "Sister Italy 2008."

"It was interpreted as more of a physical thing. Now, no-one is saying that nuns can't be beautiful, but I was thinking about something more complete," he said.

He said his concept for the contest, in which nuns would vote for themselves on his blog, would include attributes such as their spirituality, social awareness, charity and other qualities.

Ah, now that makes more sense: it would have been a pageant for the beauty of their souls. But even that has risks: wouldn't the winner risk being overcome by the sin of pride?

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