Friday, May 20, 2011

"The Reason Catholicism Doesn't Proselytize"

So reads the caption a Korean humorist placed under the above photo of actress Kim Tae-hee, considered one of the country's most beautiful women, in this post whose title I am unable to translate — 성당 누나류 甲. ("Catholic Church Elder Sister Style the Best"?)

The guy's right; such a wholesome vision is part of the attraction of the Faith, and that young Korean males see that says much for them. An earlier post of mine showing that the Church, in her wisdom, knows how to reach these guys where they're at — The Beauties of Korean Catholicism.

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Blogger 유미 said...

I agree and disagree. Beautiful and wholesome people like Kim Tae-hee probably do attract men to the faith. But just based on my parish, and most I've seen in Korea, the women outnumber the men by a fair margin. I suppose that's great for them since they are saving their souls (or at least have the tools for salvation) but what about all those men who still don't come to church? It's so sad, really. Still the Church is in great shape in Korea compared to the west.

3:14 PM  
OpenID kuiwon said...

Yes that translation is correct. 甲 is the first of the celestial stem. I think the phrase/word "갑천하" (甲天下) still exists in Korean meaning "best under heaven."

3:41 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Yumi, indeed, but women have always been the majority in the Church, and are the majority of canonized saints as well.

kuiwon, thanks.

9:05 AM  

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