Religion: Beauty, Right & Wrong

The Roman Catholic Church considered feminine beauty last week. One of its views was sympathetic, the other sarcastic.

A Hungarian plastic surgeon, troubled by the fact that many confessors tell their female penitents that face lifting and similar plastic surgery is wrong, appealed to Jesuit Father Virginio Rotondi for a ruling. Rotondi, a priest reputed to enjoy the Pope's special confidence (he divulged the Pope's vision of Christ two years ago), replied that plastic surgery is good or evil, or neither, according to the purpose for which it is performed. The surgeon himself is usually justified. His unobjectionable purpose is to...

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