Matt C. Abbott
June 19, 2007
Liturgical 'go-go' dancing?
By Matt C. Abbott

A reader sent me the following photos of three girls (I've omitted their faces) dressed rather provocatively who, er, danced at a recent Franciscan Jubilee Mass for a group of women religious at the cathedral in the Joliet, Ill., Catholic diocese.

I appreciate good dancing, but, quite frankly, it's disgraceful to see any dancing take place during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Here's hoping the motu proprio is released soon.

Pertinent links regarding liturgical dancing:

Note: It has come to my attention that certain individuals posting on a popular Catholic Internet forum, and a certain Catholic blogger, are claiming the above photos are fake. I am angered by this, but I do not wish to name names. Suffice it to say that I am morally certain the photos are authentic. I have the names of the dancers, but because they could very well be minors, I will not publish them. Nor will I show their faces. I think it's time that (some) Catholics get their heads out of the sand. Please pray for me, and for those who seek to defame me.

Second note: I'm glad to report that the Catholic blogger, after receiving some additional material from me, has apologized. Also, the thread on the Catholic forum has been locked. A few additional details on the Mass: It was celebrated for the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate on June 16, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. The presider was Father Charles Faso, O.F.M. I've added two more photos above.

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Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic columnist with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, Media and Theatre from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Management from Triton College in River Grove, Ill. He has worked in the right-to-life movement and is a published writer focused on Catholic and social issues. He can be reached at

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