A Roman Catholic priest has decided to actualize the suggestion of some nuns whom he regularly prays and works with.
Rev. Antonio Rungi, an Italian priest and theologian, has announced that he’ll be organizing an online beauty contest for nuns to “… give them more visibility within the Catholic Church and to fight the stereotype that they are all old and dour.”
Nuns who wish to participate in “Miss Sister 2008″ will have to fill out a “pageant profile” that will include information about their life, vocation and a photograph. They can also choose to pose with the traditional veil or with their heads uncovered for the contest.
In case you were wondering, there will be no bathing suit segment, so thank God for that!
Rungi added, “… being ugly is not a requirement for becoming a nun. External beauty is gift from God, and we mustn’t hide it.” Hmm…
Gee, I thought donning the habit was a sign that these women are separate from the world and devoted to serving God. Besides, I wonder what prizes the winner will receive, and if the wish for “world peace” will actually carry more weight coming from a nun.
Next up, a “Beauties of the Nunnery” calendar, anyone?