Posted July 15, 2013

Catholic Movement Drops Polish Tennis Star Agnieszka Radwanska Over Nude Photos

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Agnieszka Radwanska :: Alan Clarke/ESPN the Magazine

As far as explicit imagery goes, ESPN the Magazine’s annual “Body Issue” is innocuous — far, far worse is just a click away. (Or so I’ve heard.) Nevertheless, Agnieszka Radwanska—the world’s No. 4-ranked women’s tennis player, recent Wimbledon semi-finalist, and devout Catholic—now finds herself in hot water in her native Poland due to some tasteful photos in the buff.

Via AFP:

While not explicit, the nude has proven too much for a Catholic group known as Krucjata Mlodych (Youth Crusade), which runs a campaign dubbed “I’m not ashamed of Jesus”. The young Catholics, who claim more than a million followers, dropped Radwanska last week for what they said was “immoral behaviour” in the ESPN spread.

“Personally I am very sorry that someone declaring herself to be on the side of Jesus has at the same time played up to the mentality of those who treat people as just a thing to be looked at,” said Father Marek Dziewiecki.

This is the clip that Ms. Radwanska shot for the campaign in 2011:

A threat to Catholicism if ever there was one.

[H/T Buzzfeed]

22 comments
Sarah623
Sarah623

I'm glad some organizations still have the strength of values that far too many have forgotten or never held. 

A brilliant example and good show, Krucjata Mlodych <3

justdoit917
justdoit917

Geez....You can attend my church and we all love you and Jesus loves you. You can always be nude with me and I have no issues.

CharlesHenry3
CharlesHenry3

"A threat to Catholicism if ever there was one."  The author totally does not understand, and likely has far fewer standards than this catholic organization.  (Which, completely missed by the author, is NOT the church - it is a private and separate organization.)

They have standards, and they refused to lessen their standards even for a prominent spokesperson.  That's called integrity.

If you choose to disagree, feel free - but do not be so arrogant as to presume that anyone who does not agree with you is wrong.  One of the posters wrote that the Catholic Church is "out of touch and counterproductive" - according to whom?  They are most likely out of touch with that writer's standards, whatever they may be, but to use that generality is inappropriate at best and arrogant at worse.  

"Counterproductive"?  Since we have in the past two generations chosen to lose touch with the morality and standards of morality and decency of our past, we have seen increases in abortion, crime, hate crimes, murder, etc, etc.  Or to put it as I once read, once we started teaching that we are nothing but advanced animals, we as a society have started to act like it.  That is productive?

It is a personal belief thing.  This private organization (again, not the Catholic Church itself) has chosen to adhere to their standards rather than proceed down the slippery slope of making exceptions.  If you disagree, it's probably best that you simply move along and accept that they don't agree with you.

By the way, that's called "respect".

WadeWilkinson
WadeWilkinson

I'm sure her looks had nothing to do with the Catholic group using her in the ad campaign either.,

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

It's not like she banged the photographer and the lighting guy out of wedlock.  She got her picture taken in the birthday suit that God gave her.  What's the problem.

ESPN-dumped-me
ESPN-dumped-me

IN OTHER NEWS: Aaron Hernandez, prison mates are planning on cheering "Touchdown" every time the Patriots score.

rainman90
rainman90

"The church is always trying to get other people to reform; it might not be a bad idea to reform itself a little, by way of example." -- Mark Twain

Lee7
Lee7

I wouldn't be thrilled about my wife or daughters posing for this picture... just sayin'

0xfece5
0xfece5

No one said the Catholic Church wasn't entitled to their standards.  The point is that their standards are out of touch and counterproductive.

If you're going to try to shame and distance yourself from a successful woman who takes care of her body and is proud of her belief in Jesus over something you would see at any beach, then your group is not offering much to her.  She can keep her faith and ditch the institution.

muser
muser

I love Aga..she's my favorite tennis player. I'm not Catholic, but I'm a big supporter of the Catholic Church. This is unfortunate. I suspect (hope) she was trying to promote her sport and to some degree, herself. 

The Catholic church has every right to feel this way. I hope they can reconcile with Aga. 

Michael173
Michael173

"Tasteful" is a subjective term, and a matter of opinion.   Anyway, she made her decision to deny her faith in an effort to increase her fame and notoriety.  That is her prerogative, and disassociating from her is the prerogative of the Catholic Group.

It will be interesting to see how many morons in these comments call this "censorship".   If you don't know why this is not censorship, you much too dumb for me to start educating you now.

jeebs
jeebs

I think covertly supporting child sexual abuse is a bigger threat to Catholicism.

John NoLastName
John NoLastName

"A threat to Catholicism if ever there was one."

So you have your standards as to what is ok to publish and what isn't, but the Catholic church isn't allowed to have theirs?

It is not up to you to decide what is a "threat to Catholicism," despite your whiny attempt at sarcasm.

dabbas3461
dabbas3461

@CharlesHenry3 The author never conflated the church with this organization.

I like how you're preaching about respect, and then you get to be at arbiter on what is "moral" and decent." 

dabbas3461
dabbas3461

@Lee7 Your wife and daughters probably don't look like Aga, spending their entire lives to get fit in order to compete.

muser
muser

@0xfece5 "out of touch and counterproductive"?  A typical liberal who believes that everyone who disagrees with them is evil.

Iowa
Iowa

@Michael173 Right on. 'Tasteful nudity' is an oxymoron to a number of us. Either way, regardless of how 'tasteful', it's still selling one's body to the world for money. The Bible is very clear about the subject of modesty in dress, and the church has every right to denounce what she did and to insist she can't have it both ways.

Iowa
Iowa

@John NoLastName Exactly.

Anger makes me want to lash out at this author. But will resist, for fear of looking like the narrow-minded people who, rather than trying to understand another person's side, they'd rather just label those who disagree with liberal agendas as 'bigots', 'hateful', etc. But will say it's incredibly arrogant for this writer to think he somehow can label what religious leadership should and should not support. Radwanska had a choice: stand up for what her faith supports, or sell her body to the world for attention and money. She chose the latter. If the church doesn't want to support her for explicitly and publicly going against its teachings, it has every right to.

CharlesHenry3
CharlesHenry3

@dabbas3461 @CharlesHenry3 Please note what I referred to was the "standards of morality and decency of the past", I did not use absolutes.  You completely misquoted what I said.

Further - the author sarcastically made the statement that this was "a threat to catholicism", making direct reference to the Catholic Church and not the organization (Youth Crusade).  That is what I referenced in my post.