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Frequently Asked Questions
regarding
THE CATHOLIC DEFINITION OF
MODESTY.


Q. 1. What does the Catholic Church teach about modesty?

A. 1.In plain English, modesty is the implementation of self-respect in dressing, speech and conduct. The modest person, strives to live a chaste life that echoes Christian purity. The modest person refrains from whatever may cause others to sin by practicing decency in behaviour and dressing in order not to attract sexual attention.

The Catholic Church states the following in the Catechism:

# 2521 "Purity requires modesty, an integral part of temperance. Modesty protects the intimate center of the person. It means refusing to unveil what should remain hidden. It is ordered to chastity to whose sensitivity it bears witness. It guides how one looks at others and behaves toward them in conformity with the dignity of persons and their solidarity."

# 2522 "Modesty protects the mystery of persons and their love. It encourages patience and moderation in loving relationships; it requires that the conditions for the definitive giving and commitment of man and woman to one another be fulfilled. Modesty is decency. It inspires one's choice of clothing. It keeps silence or reserve where there is evident risk of unhealthy curiosity. It is discreet."

# 2523 "There is a modesty of the feelings as well as of the body. It protests, for example, against the voyeuristic explorations of the human body in certain advertisements, or against the solicitations of certain media that go too far in the exhibition of intimate things. Modesty inspires a way of life which makes it possible to resist the allurements of fashion and the pressures of prevailing ideologies."

# 2524 "The forms taken by modesty vary from one culture to another. Everywhere, however, modesty exists as an intuition of the spiritual dignity proper to man. It is born with the awakening consciousness of being a subject. Teaching modesty to children and adolescents means awakening in them respect for the human person."




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