Padre Pio died in 1968. He was very strict about men and women’s modesty. Before going into the confessional he would check the people in line. Many of the women and some of the men, he would send away because of wearing dresses to the knees or in pants. Here are the signs that where on the Church of San Giovanni Rotondo:
“The Church is the House of God. It is forbidden for men to enter with bare arms or in shorts. It is forbidden for women to enter in trousers, without a veil on their head, in short clothing, low necklines, sleeveless or immodest dresses.”
“By Padre Pio’s explicit wish, women must enter the confessional wearing skirts at least 8 INCHES BELOW THE KNEE. It is forbidden to borrow longer dresses in church and to wear them to confession.”
Even while seated in his open confessional, Padre Pio would be sure that the women and girls who came to confession were wearing dresses and skirts below the knees. Some women who had been waiting in line for hours were sent away crying because of their short hemline.
Thank God Padre Pio died in 1968 before the real immodest dressing took place. Immodest feminist women would chase Padre Pio out of church today.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.