Friday, August 29, 2008

Nun Beauty Pageant Nixed

Italian Priest Organizes Beauty Contest for Nuns
Aug 25th 2008By Tom Radler



While Catholic school girls have long garnered attention from the opposite sex, their habit-wearing teachers have never been known for their sex appeal. Nuns seem to be OK with that -- after all, one doesn't pursue an austere life because she wants to get whistles from construction workers. But an enterprising Italian priest is now hoping to cast a spotlight on the sisterhood by holding the first beauty pageant exclusively for nuns called "Miss Sister Italy.""Nuns are above all women and beauty is a gift from God," said priest Antonio Rungi of the southern Italian diocese of Modragone.
"This contest will be a way to show there isn't just the beauty we see on television but also a more discrete charm."In true 21st-century fashion, nuns who want to participate can send their pictures to Rungi, who will publish it on his blog to be voted on. He claims the nuns themselves have been clamoring for such a pageant, and he expects 1,000 participants.A swimsuit segment and other deliciously sacrilegious competitions are, unfortunately, not in the works.
UPDATE: Father Rungi was forced to suspend the contest at the urging of his superiors. He claims that his attempt to highlight nuns' "interior beauty" was mistaken for a competition based solely on physicality.
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