Catholicism and Naturism – What does the Catholic Church Think?

Issues Pertaining to Catholicism and Nudism:
Current thinking within the Roman Catholic Church opposes the practice of naturism or naturism, as some practitioners prefer to call it, seeing the practice in conflict with one of the crucial principles of Catholicism, modesty. The Church traces this value back to a series of twelve desired character traits listed in the biblical Book of Galatians.
Modesty is viewed as a kind of self respect and esteem for others with naturism a direct contradiction to these values. The fundamental principle here is that nudity is considered evil.
Historically, Catholic toleration for nudity of any kind has grown and waned. Particularly, the nudity depicted in the Sistine Chapel drew condemnation from Pope Adrian VI and other highly placed members of the clergy.
The Pope desired to see the pictures stripped entirely; nevertheless, only several images were altered in later years to conceal unclothed images in accordance with an official level, associated with the Council of Trent in 1563, condemning using nudity in spiritual art.
Today, the Sistine Chapel is among the most visited and revered areas open to public viewing via the Vatican Museums. The artistic nudity depicted here is no longer a point of major controversy. The museum, like the chapel, have become a way to obtain earnings and positive public relations for the Church.
In the early twentieth century, some small scale reversal was seen in policies toward nudity, including permission from the Abbe of a catholic college in France who encouraged bare sunbathing near Marseilles 1907. This example failed to represent a change in church doctrine, but rather an exception to of thumb within the spiritual world.
Even as naturism increased in popularity in society as a whole during this period, the movement was mainly independent from the of faith, especially conventional Catholicism.
Portrait of Adam & Eve by Lucas Cranach the Elder
In 1935, based on Time magazine, in address just prior to Lent, Pope Pius XI declared particular disapprobation of naturism as a kind of paganism along with equating the practice with blasphemy. The law received widespread opposition from the general public, especially humanists; however, the National Catholic Welfare Conference voiced their support of the anti-naturism provision.
Again returning to modern day, the official position by the Church is that nudism is immoral. However, naturists who are practicing Catholics continue to exist and also participate in naturist groups online where they self-disclose their religious affiliation. Fundamentally, Catholics continue to practice naturism and embrace nudity even without or active toleration from their religious organization or its hierarchy. A lively disagreement exists online over the matter with no hint of resolution in sight. The Church frequently expresses its objections to festivals and occasions involving naturism, even in European nations along with in the US.
Clip from National Geographic’s show “Taboo: Nudity,” featuring a bunch of Catholic nudists who worship in the nude.
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Jordan Blum is a lifelong nudie and co founder of Naturist Portal.