Even a person wearing blinders today would realize that fashions in girls and womens clothing have become so sexually provocative and revealing as to constitute an extremely serious moral problem, reflecting an even more serious spiritual problem in our western culture, one that is infecting many Catholics as well.
Our Lady of Fatima revealed to the young seer Jacinta Marto before her death in 1920:
“Certain fashions will be introduced that will offend Our Lord very much.”
“Woe to women lacking in modesty.”
“More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.”
The evolution of women’s fashions in dress between 1920 and today has been nothing short of revolutionary. Today the tight-fitting and revealing clothing for women and girls is worn by a great majority, and even by most church-going Catholics. How many of them realize that when by their manner of dress they provoke a man to lust, they share in the guilt of the man’s sin, and are even more guilty than he is?
Our Lord said, “Every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Mt 5.28). If the woman is responsible for provoking this lust, how can she be without sin, even serious sin?
Saint John Chrysostom instructed women of all times about dress when in the fourth century he declared:
“You carry your snare everywhere and spread your nets in all places. You allege that you never invited others to sin. You did not, indeed, by your words, but you have done so by your dress and your deportment … When you have made another sin in his heart, how can you be innocent? Tell me, whom does this world condemn? Whom do judges punish? Those who drink poison or those who prepare it and administer the fatal potion? You have prepared the abominable cup, you have given the death-dealing drink, and you are more criminal than are those who poison the body; you murder not the body but the soul. And it is not to enemies you do this, nor are you urged on by any imaginary necessity, nor provoked by injury, but out of foolish vanity and pride.”
The late Father Bernard A. Kunkel, a great defender of modesty and decency, said concerning the words of Our Lady of Fatima: “She knew that…forces of evil would design these fashions, together with the filthy literature…movies and television shows…all as part of their program to break down morality, especially among the young people. Our Lady was only exposing this plan.”
The Knights and Dames of the Holy Rosary believe that the virtue of modesty is the guardian of chastity. We always dress in a manner pleasing to Our Lord and Our Lady, and courageously defend the importance of this much neglected virtue, for nothing less than the salvation of souls is at stake.