It seems that Fr. Kevin Cusick – a prolific tweeter and a columnist at my old stomping ground The Wanderer – was banned from Twitter because of reactions to his comment to women to dress modestly at Mass for the sake of protecting the purity of men.
What set people off?
Frankly, Fr. Cusick’s point was good and needed.
I suppose that one could quibble about the choice of the word “forced”. Given that word – and we weren’t there – I get the idea that “shoulders” might also be a careful choice that includes more than shoulders.
And that ain’t far fetched given the way that many girls and women dress today. I often wonder: “Where are these girl’s fathers, for the love of God?!?” Oh yes… how many fatherless homes are there now?
And may I also remind the readership that leggings aren’t pants?
There is a long history in the collective spiritual wisdom of the Church – the greatest expert on humanity that there has ever been or ever will be – about custodia oculorum… custody of the eyes. “Custody” in this case concerns “guarding, protecting, shielding” the eyes. The fact is that what we see we tend to want after a while. Gaze on something, and your appetites reach out for it.
And we all know that once you see something, you can’t “unsee” it.
Would we be able to agree that, in the wake of the 60’s sexual revolution, the entertainment industry, the contraception industry, the feminism industry, the big-business abortion industry have successfully duped women into thinking that, to be “themselves” and “empowered”, they have to dress in a way that, a couple generations back, would make people think that they were hookers?
And so they show all that they have – or a lot of it – to men and boys everywhere and in nearly every possible setting – and then become incensed when they aren’t properly valued.
Men tend to want what they see and custody of the eyes is difficult.
Turning the sock inside out, Richard of St. Victor, in his work on contemplation, cites the phrase: “Love is the eye and to love is to see”, or more precisely “where your is love is, there is your eye” (Ubi amor ibi oculus – Benjamin minor 13 – sometimes cited as “Amor oculus est, et amare videre est.”). But, after the Fall, we are wounded. It is difficult to control our impulses and desires. Love becomes twisted. When we see things that we shouldn’t see, our “eyes” twist in the wrong directions.
See what I mean?
Charity is the kind of love that seeks the good of others, even at great cost to one’s own comfort. We have to be careful of other souls around us. Since the Fall, a great weight is on the shoulders of women in regard to matters of sexuality. Yes yes… there is a weight on men too. But if we are honest, you get my point.
There. I’ve made some points.
However, I suspect that Father wasn’t banned because of the comment about covering up. He was banned because of the homosexualist explosion that came down on him afterward. ‘Cause that’s how they roll.