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Women in skin-tight body suits dance for pope on feast of Chair of St. Peter

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An acrobat in a bubble at a Catholic education conference at Paul VI Hall in 2015 Andrew Guernsey
Clowns at a Catholic education conference at Paul VI Hall in 2015 Andrew Guernsey

VATICAN CITY, February 22, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Women wearing skin-tight body suits performed for Pope Francis at his general audience today, the Feast Day of the Chair of St. Peter.


"I am a married man and this picture is harmful to my state of grace," one Twitter user wrote in response to the photo. Another suggested the performance was a "mockery of the Chair of St. Peter."

The women were dressed as cats, with their costumes showing half of their stomachs. They did the splits and danced to cheesy music. 

According to the Daily Missal of the Mystical Body, edited by the Maryknoll Fathers and published in 1961, "Preserved to this day at the Vatican Basilica in Rome is the chair upon which, as history tells us, Pope Peter sat enthroned to exercise his Christ-given authority over the universal Church...Our faith, a gift from God, is strengthened by the teachings of Christ's vicar on earth."

Ostentatiously-dressed circus performers have entertained Pope Francis before. For example, on January 27, 2016, a circus group performed at the pontiff's general audience. Some of the women wore similar body suits with sea shells or giant eyeballs on their breasts. 

"You are creators of beauty," he told the group. "You produce beauty, and beauty does good for the soul. Beauty gets us closer to God."

In 2015, acrobats and clowns performed at a Catholic education conference at the Paul VI Hall in Rome before Pope Francis spoke.

Whose idea was today's performance? It seems like a strange way to commemorate a Catholic feast day dedicated to the pope's authority and sacred duties.

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Claire Chretien

Claire is grateful for the opportunity to write about human dignity, bioethics, faith, and related issues for LifeSiteNews as a journalist, Washington, DC Correspondent, and editor. She became involved in pro-life activism while a student at The University of Alabama, where she served as the President of Bama Students for Life and directed 40 Days for Life campaigns.