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Ask Pr. Sophie

Abstract: Pr. Sophie stirs up controversy of style vs. ideology (not to say, substance).

Pr. Sophie Fortresson, our resident expert on all matters of theology, Lutheran etiquette, and social protocol, answers questions submitted by our readers and occasionally simply volunteers advice when no question has been asked. Send your questions to pr_sophie@lutheranconfessions.com.

Dear, Dear Readers,
Pr. Sophie seems to have waded right in with both feet last week with her comments about clergy shirts for women who used to be men. West Coast readers took her to task for insufficient feminism (eyebrows were raised at the "between us girls" remark). Pr. Sophie concedes that pronouns and gender labelling are 'sensitive and personal' (ouch!), but being a girl is one reason Pr. Sophie made her transition in the first place, and she thinks that maybe minds don't make transitions as easily as bodies do.
Style-conscious East Coast readers, on the other hand, were quick to decry as a 'fashion faux-pas' clergy shirts with breast pockets, particularly for "large-chested" women. The readers went on to suggest that Pr. Sophie watch more TV, particularly "What Not to Wear" with Stacey and Clinton. Suffice it to say that Stacey and Clinton have never had to worry about dangling a cross recklessly over the sick bed during a hospital visit. If it's any consolation, dear East Coast Readers, Pr. Sophie insists that the breast pockets on her clergy shirts be flapless.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by Pr. Sophie and the colorful language she uses to express them are not necessarily those of Lutheran (True) Confessions (lutheranconfessions.com) nor does their appearance here constitute an endorsement of these opinions and language.

(Vol. I, xxxix August 8, 2007 )

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