The 'morality' crackdown imposed by the Vatican over tourists wearing skimpy clothes has come under fire and has been deemed hypocritical especially since the Vatican has failed to take action against pedophile priests.The visitors feel that at a time when the Church is battling decade old stigmas, a dress-code crackdown by the Swiss Guards seems frivolous and a waste of time.
Flamboyantly clothed guards were seen pulling aside women in sleeveless tops or short skirts and men in shorts. Some female visitors were forced to buy scarves and shawls, while men had to rush to nearby shops to but long trousers, telegraph.co.uk reported.
Incidentally, for long tourists entering St. Peter's Basillica have been required to dress up modestly but the recent crackdown by the Pope's private army has come under trememdous public ire.
Some visitors were refused entry altogether. The dress code is also applicable to visitors using the Vatican pharmacy, supermarket and post offices.
"Given all the scandals the Church has been involved in, what possible right can it have to be preaching about the morality of sleeveless dresses?" a 70 year old woman identified only as Maria told telegraph.co.uk.
The crackdown has come at a time when the Vatican is going though a crisis. The senior figures, including Pope Benedict, have faled to take action against priests who sexually abused children.