Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Immodesty Leads to Rape - Accept It or Cover Up?

In a recent discussion of church dress codes and modesty in Russian life the head of the Moscow Patriarchate's department for relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and Russian society, Fr. Vsevolod Chaplin, stated that a woman who dressed immodestly and was later raped could not be surprised at the result. Fr. Vsevolod also spoke against men's immodesty in dress, but failed to note that Russian society does not give women leeway to rape improperly dressed men, only (apparently) women. Neither Fr. Vsevolod nor the Patriarchate have apologized for his remarks despite protests from members of the Church in Russia. More here.

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