Ripped Red Bikini Priest

“Priestess” I should say.

Just when you couldn’t imagine another outrage from the Episcopalians, along comes Rev. Dr. Amy Ricther, an Episcopalian priestess who does body building and poses in public in a red bikini. She says the body building displays remind her of the liturgy…

…If you have the stomach (or the biceps) you can read more here.

  • David N

    Just enough time for us to say “Bad Vestments”. Oh dear. And a male priest in a posing pouch would be just as bad.

  • Michael

    Sung to the 1960′s hit:

    She was afraid to come out to the altar
    Didn’t want the congregation to see
    that instead of the priestly vestments
    She was wearing a red bikini

    She wore an itsy, bitsy, teeny. weeny red polka dot bikini…….

  • Béatrice Fedor

    “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” — Marilyn Monroe

  • Peter Brown

    I’m not sure I see this as “another outrage”, Father. It’s just the logical outworking of an outrage already perpetrated a long time ago. The problem here goes well beyond the fact that Dr. Richter is a woman; it goes all the way to the Anglican understanding of what a priest is (and isn’t).

    As far as I can see, competing as a bodybuilder is a perfectly reasonable thing within the context Dr. Richter thinks she’s operating in. It seems pretty clear from the full article that she thinks she has a job called “being a priest.” She might even think that God has called her to that job (I can’t tell from the article one way or the other). What she clearly *doesn’t* think (and, in fairness to her, neither does the Episcopal Church) is that ordination has effected a fundamental change in *who she is*, in a way that’s simply incompatible with posing publicly in a scanty costume (whatever the state of her musculature). Indeed, in further fairness to Dr. Richter, it’s entirely possible (I’m thinking of Leo XIII here) that Dr. Richter’s ordination *didn’t* effect that kind of ontological change, perhaps in part because it was never intended to.

    So I have to see this regrettable spectacle as just the logical consequence of Anglicanism losing the sacrificial understanding of the Mass some time after the Reformation. From that time, the only real argument against ordaining women became the practical argument of social norms, which died in the 1960′s; once that happened, and the priesthood became just another job, something like this became just a matter of time.

    The real outrage was the loss, shortly after the Reformation, of the sacrifice of the Mass in an Anglican context. After that, there’s no real argument against the ordination of women other than social norms. Once the social norms changed in the 1960′s

    Indeed, ordaining women itself is not basically about goddess-worship; that’s only the unnecessary excess of the practice. If priests aren’t seen as sacrificial ministers, if the priesthood isn’t seen as a life sacrificed to Christ instead of a job, then why not ordain women (as Fr. Dwight has argued in this blog not so long ago)? It’s not like there aren’t women who are perfectly competent pastors, worship leaders, and even preachers.

    is all about *not* seeing a priest as a sacrificial office that involves conforming every aspect of one’s life to Christ. If a priest isn’t acting in persona Christi at the altar, then there’s no very compelling reason not to ordain women. After all, it’s empirically clear that there exist women who are quite as competent as men at pastoral work, at theology, at leading liturgy, and at preaching. (Sometimes those competencies even happen in the same person.)

    • Peter Brown

      Oh, nuts–that post should have ended after the first three paragraphs. (Fr. Dwight, please feel free to truncate that one and remove this one.)

  • flyingvic

    Better a speedo than a paedo?
    And anyway, isn’t the image of the scarlet woman scriptural?

    • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

      Err, I think the scarlet woman was not only a harlot, but a symbol of a church the bride of Christ who has apostatized and ‘gone whoring’ after strange gods.

  • Maggie White

    Isn’t it true Fr. Longenecker that Apostolic succession is a historical fact? Didn’t Christ entrust his ministry to his apostles (who were male), to be exercised in the Church, through Apostolic succession, until the end of time? On the other hand, through the love and direction of the Holy Spirit, we all (both men and women) can be (and should strive to be) saints. I believe that I read somewhere that all of heaven’s citizens are saints. Regarding the red polka dot bikini, I would recommend to anyone pursuing a religious life to skip the bikini, but maybe that’s just me.

  • Dave Pawlak

    I met the Rev. Richter some years ago. She is the daughter of a Missouri Synod Lutheran pastor.