October 27, 2009

Let's Play Dress Up

Gentle Reader: Yep, it's that time of year again! Time for Cranky Cathy's annual rant about inappropriate Halloween costumes. I, also, haven't irritated Adoro in a while and it's time! Heh.

I'm talking about the folks who think it's fun to mock the Catholic Church by dressing up as a nun or a monk or a priest or the Holy Father (pick one). It's not that they only dress up. Their costume is usually accompanied by some completely inappropriate behavior or anti-church commentary (often both).

This year I decided wouldn't it be fun if some folks who actually ARE priests and nuns dressed up in the clerical and religious garb they should be wearing?

I'd pay real money to see Sr. Joan Chittister in a Benedictine nun's habit. After all, she is one. I know; some of you had no idea. I'm not sure she does either. Maybe the clothes will make the woman. Pray on it.

I pray to that I can be a better person-no matter what I'm wearing.


Blogger LarryD said...

LOL! No one would recognize her!

I'll ask Sr Patricia if she's going to dress up as a nun for Hoalloween too.

October 27, 2009 4:26 PM  
Blogger belinda said...

Miss Cathy, is there enough butt space for me to ride alone on that "rant wagon".
I hate halloween. Rant wagon hay rides are fun though. ;)

It's a great excuse to dress trampy if your a teen , or evil if your a kid.

October 27, 2009 4:34 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Belinda: Climb aboard!

October 27, 2009 4:44 PM  
Blogger sprachmeister said...

I had an argument about this with a friend 2 nights ago, which actually revealed a lot about them. Turns out he's extremely relativist and he proceeded to church out a load of heresies such as the Bible being unreliable and the Church untrustworthy as both relied upon "men that made mistakes". I told him that since truth is relative, they are only mistakes according to his truth, whereas I say that there's objective truth, and that the Church has only taught this truth. Anyway, I digress, but I think this idea of "dressing up" and desacralizing habits can only lead to ambiguity on what is holy and what is not.
I think the only time when wearing a nun's habit as a costume would be at an All Saints Day that is made explicitly clear that it is to counter Hallowe'en, and that the reason people are dressing up is in imitation of the saints represented. The chances of such lengths are, however, slim, and so generally I think the wearing of such "costumes" is a no-no.
Luckily, I'm in France at the moment where "Toussaint" is a much bigger deal, and Hallowe'en is nowhere near as popular. So a holy Toussaint when it comes, Cathy.

October 27, 2009 4:59 PM  
Blogger LarryD said...

Oh, love the pumpkin, by the way!

October 27, 2009 5:32 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Yeah - I like the pumpkin too.

Everytime I see Sr. Patricia in my sidebar I crack up.

I'm dressing up as AAron Eckhert this year.

October 27, 2009 6:31 PM  
Blogger swissmiss said...

We are going door to door, then to visit several relatives. My kids aren't dressed as their favorite saint so can't attend the local saints parties!! I'm taking Scooby Doo and a Power Ranger around the neighborhood...be afraid!

October 27, 2009 6:40 PM  
Blogger Adoro said...

Why would this post irritate me? And why would you WANT to irritate me? That's not very nice. :-(

October 27, 2009 7:56 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Adoro: Every year you and I have our annual costume go-round. I just like to heckle you. I do that to everyone I love-really!

October 27, 2009 7:58 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Oh, yeah, and Vincenzo and Caravaggio get credit for my new banner!

October 27, 2009 7:58 PM  
Blogger Tom in Vegas said...

"This year I decided wouldn't it be fun if some folks who actually ARE priests and nuns dressed up in the clerical and religious garb they should be wearing?"

You crack me up!! Personally, I think that these folks, who don't take their religious attire seriouly, encourage others to do the same:0(

October 28, 2009 1:58 PM  
Blogger pinkmonkeybird said...

I'm a traditional Catholic but I think that God has a sense of humor. After all, we were made in His image and we laugh. It is sometimes said that God laughs when he hears of our plans for our own lives....anyways...cut to the chase;

What do you think of dressing up on Halloween as a martyred saint?
For instance, how about masquerading as a headless St. Paul? Or a bloodied St. Stephen with rocks glued to his head? Or St. Agnes carrying around a bowl with 2 bloody breasts?

After all, the statuary of these martyrs depicts them with the instruments of their death. Why not a costume?
If it's done with love and reverence and a wink....
Your take?

October 29, 2009 2:59 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

pinkmonkeybird: There are All Saints parties where Catholics dress up as their favorite saints. I have no problem with that because the point of the party is to share our mutual love of the saints.

I'm not so sure about what you describe. Good grief, I hope there are no kids at your bash!

October 29, 2009 3:16 PM  
Blogger pinkmonkeybird said...

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

October 29, 2009 3:46 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...


October 29, 2009 3:49 PM  

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