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the theology of rising hemlines: a new approach to 'revelation'

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 03, 2010

The next time some Catholic scholar recommends a fresh consideration of the possibility of ordaining women, think of these words of wisdom from our separated brethren:

I am an Episcopal priest in my early 50s who has three tattoos. Two of them are visible when I wear a skirt above my knees.

Question for discussion: How often should a woman over the age of 50 wear skirts above the knees? How often should a priest?

I think that what is interesting is that for me, the issue goes deep into the whole priestly identity…

Which makes it strange that St. John Vianney offers no guidance on the subject of priestly tattoos.

… And, yes, they are ‘theological’ tattoos

[Cue sound of parodist falling on sword.] 

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  • Posted by: garedawg - Jun. 04, 2010 1:12 AM ET USA

    Are we sure that the skirt-wearing Episcopal priest is a woman?

  • Posted by: fenton1015153 - Jun. 03, 2010 8:35 PM ET USA

    Should a female priest be called a priest or a priestess? The answer is not a priest. As to rising hem lines they kinda go with the rising hymn lines of modern choirs. Both seem to be a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,Signifying nothing. Thank you Shakepeare for having writ well.

  • Posted by: bugbyte1243319 - Jun. 03, 2010 1:50 PM ET USA

    I bet they're little arrows pointing to her knees saying This Side Down; or the ever-theological WWJD; or maybe TGIF (thank goddess I'm father); and how high does the skirt have to go to show the third tattoo? This is fun. Hope the sword is rubber!

  • Posted by: thecrossreference8142 - Jun. 03, 2010 1:17 PM ET USA

    My mind is still reeling over what sort of "theological" tattoos a woman would put on her thighs.

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