Priest Ridiculed For Demanding Women At Mass Cover Up Shoulders ‘To Protect The Purity Of Men’

A priest is facing quite a bit of backlash after staunchly defending a fellow clergyman who had humiliated a woman at Mass for showing her shoulders—and used the tale as a warning to church-going women everywhere.

“Ladies, a priest I know was forced on Sunday to ask a woman at Mass to cover her shoulders,” wrote Father Kevin M. Cusick, LCDR. “Please help the priest to protect the purity of the men at holy Mass by choosing to dress modestly. The alternative is awkward for all involved. Thank you.”

An onslaught of infuriated comments prompted Father Cusick to double down on his no-female-shoulders-at-church stance.

“By the way: I’m not backing down from this,” he wrote in a followup tweet. “I’ve thought about it, I’ve prayed about it and i’m not to going to engage in the endless Vatican II style debate that goes back-and-forth constantly and ends up nowhere.”

There’s so much manipulative, misogynistic, and contradictory sentiment in Father Cusick’s language, it’s difficult to parse through it all (though we’ll try.)

For one, nobody “forced” the priest in question to ask the woman to cover her shoulders. It was his (wildly inappropriate) decision to make, and make it he did.

But on a more insidious level, it is never—literally never—a woman’s responsibility or concern to “protect the purity of men.” And what sort of barn-raised creatures are these men, who would lose their mind and self-control because they saw a pair of women’s shoulders?

In fact, some argued, maybe men should be the ones we need to focus on, considering the fact that women’s shoulders are in no way sexual—and if men deem them to be, that’s kind of…weird? And gross? And ultimately their own problem?

Folks quickly dragged the idea that a woman’s shoulders are capable of evoking such a strong, visceral male response.

In fact, many pointed out, doesn’t the Catholic church have bigger issues to tackle than a couple of bare lady arms?

Even other clergymen called Father Cusick’s defense of his buddy as creepy and ultimately inappropriate.

Furthemore, THE BIBLE ITSELF disagrees with Father Cusick’s nasty take.

Some Twitter users were a bit more…blunt with their replies.

It isn’t as though this is the first instance we’ve seen where men who are unable to control their own bodies decide the solution is to control women’s bodies instead, and it certainly won’t be the last! But at least now we’ve got Twitter, where even men of God can get ratioed.