Catholicism and Naturism – What does the Catholic Church Believe?

Issues Pertaining to Catholicism and Naturism:
Current thinking within the Roman Catholic Church opposes the practice of nudism or naturism, as some practitioners prefer to call it, seeing the practice in conflict with among the crucial principles of Catholicism, modesty. The Church traces this value back to a number of twelve desired character traits listed in the biblical Book of Galatians.
Modesty is viewed as a sort of self-respect and respect for others with nudism a direct contradiction to these principles. The need for garments can also be traced back to the biblical creation myth wherein God clothed Adam and Eve, the progenitors of mankind in this tradition, after they gained knowledge of good and evil through disobedience. The fundamental principle here is that nudity is considered bad.
Historically, Catholic toleration for nudity of any sort has waxed and waned. During the Renaissance Age, best remembered for the works of artists like Michelangelo, works of art and statuary depicting bare figures occasionally drew criticism from the Church hierarchy. Particularly, the nudity depicted in the Sistine Chapel drew condemnation from Pope Adrian VI and other highly placed members of the clergy.

The Pope wanted to see the images stripped totally; however, just a number of images were transformed in celebs nude at beach to hide bare images in accordance with an official level, associated with the Council of Trent in 1563, condemning the use of nudity in spiritual art.
Now, the Sistine Chapel is among the most visited and revered places open to public viewing via the Vatican Museums. The artistic nudity depicted here is no longer a point of major contention. The museum, like the chapel, have become a way to obtain revenue and positive public relations for the Church.
In the early twentieth century, some small scale reversal was found in policies toward nudity, including permission from the Abbe of a catholic school in France who supported unclothed sunbathing near Marseilles 1907. This example did not represent a change in church doctrine, but rather to the general rule within the religious sphere.
Even as naturism grew in popularity in society as a whole during this period, the movement was largely separate from the of faith, especially conventional Catholicism.
Portrait of Adam & Eve by Lucas Cranach the Elder
In 1935, according to Time magazine, in speech just prior to Lent, Pope Pius XI declared special condemnation of naturism as a form of paganism along with equating the practice with blasphemy. At exactly the same time in US, the state legislature of New York made it illegal to reveal private parts in public, so outlawing nudism. The law received widespread resistance from the public, especially humanists; nevertheless, the National Catholic Welfare Conference expressed their support of the anti-nudism provision. This organization as such no longer exists.
Again returning to modern day, the official position by the Church is that naturism is wrong. Yet, naturists who are practicing Catholics continue to exist and even participate in naturist groups online where they self-disclose their spiritual affiliation. Essentially, Catholics continue to practice nudism and adopt nudity even without support or active tolerance from their religious organization or its hierarchy. A dynamic disagreement exists online over the topic without any indication of resolution in sight. The Church frequently expresses its objections to festivals and events including nudism, even in European countries along with in the US.
Clip from National Geographic’s show “Taboo: Nudity,” featuring an organization of Catholic nudists who worship in the nude.
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Jordan Blum is a lifelong nudie and co founder of Nudist Portal.