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A reader glances at a reprint of Agnieszka Radwanska's nude photo from ESPN's Body Issue. (Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images)

A reader glances at a reprint of Agnieszka Radwanska’s nude photo from ESPN’s Body Issue. (Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images)

WTA No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland has been dropped from a Catholic youth group’s campaign after she posed naked for ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue, as reported by the AFP.

Radwanska served as an ambassador for Poland’s Krucjata Mlodych and has been featured in television commercials for the group’s “I’m not ashamed of Jesus” campaign.

Though the nude photo shoot of the 24-year-old Radwanska’s sitting by a pool full of tennis balls reveals nothing explicit, the group deemed it “immoral behavior.”

“It’s a shame that someone who has declared their love for Jesus is now promoting the mentality of men looking at a woman as a thing rather than a child of God worthy of respect and love,” Father Marek Dziewiecki, a senior Catholic priest, told The Telegraph. “If she meets a man who she can truly love and establish a happy family and raise Catholic children, then she would probably have to hide these pictures from relatives.”

I spoke to Radwanska last month in Eastbourne, England, about the pressures back home stemming from her status as the face of Polish tennis and one of the most famous Polish athletes in the world. Radwanska hasn’t always had it easy in the Polish press, which she attributes to the fact that the country is still learning the sport.

“To be honest, I’m not reading anything,” Radwanska said. “I think it’s just really healthy for me not to read anything. Of course, it doesn’t matter what you do; there’s going to be some part of the people who’s just going to be negative. It doesn’t matter how you’re playing or what you do. I think you just have to live with that.

“If they’re not talking about you, then it means you’re not doing anything,” she said, laughing. “I think after a couple of years being popular and more popular, I think this is a good thing to just be relaxed and not really think about it because then you get crazy.”

  • Published On Jul 15, 2013
  • 21 comments
    DonaldJLuchetti
    DonaldJLuchetti

    Get a life "Father" Marek Dziewiecki, Step away from the little boy!

    6marK6
    6marK6

    Does anybody think that the soulless, get attention in anyway network that is espn, is doing this playboy/playgirl edition because they want to celebrate the human body? This is to titillate and appeal to a prurient interest.

    PastorBurt
    PastorBurt

    Error 1: Amazing.   Instant character assassination now of a priest, implying what?   That I, the priest, in defending this girl am actually a child molester, from someone who has never met me.   Talk about Satin whispering in your ear.   In answer to the charge, I am not a child molester.

    Error 2:  "the body is dirty".   God, who can not sin, placed Adam and Eve in the Garden without clothes.   It was only after Satin corrupted their minds with sin that they asked God for clothes.  The body is not dirty.   God created the body as a blessing, and has no ability to create anything dirty.   

    General Statement:  Christians are to be modest within the environment we are in.   Wearing a string bikinis at a beach is considered acceptable and modest for that environment.  Walking down the sidewalk in Manhattan in a bikini is alternatively considered immodest and therefore wrong because it is not acceptable wear for a public city environment.  In this case, ESPN put out a "Body" issue in tribute to the athletic physique, so of course this company sought to present those physiques in the most complimentary presentation possible.   There is nothing lewd, dirty, sexual, or evil in their manner other than what already exists within viewer's mind.  The over reaction of the Catholic Youth Group if enforced would close most museums on the planet.    If you actually look at the body shots of Aga Radwanksa there is no frontal nudity, only side views or from the back.  The pictures themselves are actually quite innocent in how ESPN presented this athletic physique.    Again, if you have problems with these pictures in the environment in which it was presented, it's time to get a life.


    PastorBurt
    PastorBurt

    I just became a fan of Radwanksa.  Yes, and I am a minister.   She is lovely girl.   Her photo, although nude, was done tastefully, and not in lude manner whatsoever.   Ten years, or twenty years from now she will be able to look at that photo which I hope she frames, and state unashamedly, "Not bad."

    I have been a fan of tennis for over 50 years.  Essentially, my girl to cheer for has been Serena for the last dozen years.    Now I have a second pro woman to cheer for.  We should wish her well.   The Catholic Youth Group should get a life.


    mikevanhorn
    mikevanhorn

    I first read the headline as she "dropped by (i.e., visited) a Catholic youth group after her nude photo shoot." I was curious why she would visit them afterwards.

    Chip
    Chip

    So ESPN shows off the physique of several athletes - both men and women - and displays how well they have taken care of their bodies. And a priest responds with "It’s a shame that someone who has declared their love for Jesus is now promoting the mentality of men looking at a woman as a thing rather than a child of God worthy of respect and love," apparently ignoring the fact that both men and women are pictured in the magazine, and suggesting that the human body is something to be ashamed of and it must be covered up.

    If we are children of God, then I'd hope that God appreciates how well these athletes have taken care of their bodies, and is less ashamed of them than the priest seems to be.

    HydeAlexander
    HydeAlexander

    ”If she meets a man who she can truly love and establish a happy family and raise Catholic children, then she would probably have to hide these pictures from relatives.”

    That for me, is the key quote. Why would she have to hide these pictures exactly? Is he saying her family should be ashamed of her, or that she should be embarrassed?

    Do we still live in a day 'n age where the naked body is considered shameful? It's not like she was exploited, low on money and flaunted all for a few quid in a top shelf magazine. 

    Anyway, I always thought the ESPN Body issue was a celebration of physical perfection/achievement? Perhaps (probably) I'm naive.

    Waldi
    Waldi

    Bravo Agnieszka, you are BEAUTIFUL!

    Proud a Pole!

    Action
    Action

    If there is a God, she's taking very good care of the body God gave her.  What's not to love?

    PastorBurt
    PastorBurt

    @6marK6 A fellow with an Icon of the devil seeks to persuade you.  Since the Satan is the father of lies, who would believe you from where you come and for whom you represent?

    6marK6
    6marK6

    @PastorBurt I believe you are a priest about as much as I believe that the Republican Party in this country cares about the common man. But it would not shock me, considering the track record of the church right now when it comes to incidents of perversion. 

    NoQNoSuperBowl
    NoQNoSuperBowl

    @PastorBurt I'm 100% in favor of women walking around Manhattan in string bikinis. Monokini would be fine too.

    MidwestGolfFan
    MidwestGolfFan

    @PastorBurt  

    Unfortunately, clergymen like you (if clergy you be) are part of the problem.  Parading around naked is immodest.  Radwanska has no business representing a Christian religious group if she insists on being immodest.  Period.

    Tamera
    Tamera

    @PastorBurt I would especially expect a pastor to know the difference between "lude" as in prelude, interlude, and postlude (liturgical elements) and "lewd" as in obscene and distasteful.  Your seminary not require any sort of writing ability?

    MidwestGolfFan
    MidwestGolfFan

    @Chip  

    Parading around naked in a magazine is immodest.  If you're not familiar with that last word, look it up.

    PastorBurt
    PastorBurt

    @6marK6 @PastorBurt    When Pilot confronted Christ, he asked "Are you the King of the Jews."   Christ replied, "If you say that I am, then I am."   Thus, if you say that I am not a priest, then for you I am not a priest.   Christ by example sought not persuade unbelievers, nor will I try to persuade those of little faith.

    PastorBurt
    PastorBurt

    @Tamera @PastorBurt

    Now where down to a criticism of spelling and grammar.  Note, no where did this lady reply to any of the larger issues which I answered with regards to her statement of "the body is dirty", her character assassination of a priest she has never met as a "child molesting priests", and thirdly her amazing statement that God creates "dirty" or that He sinned making humans in the form they are now..   When the only answer you can respond with is an attack on grammar, you are conceding that the rest of your argument is totally without merit, which of course it is.


    RobertMiller
    RobertMiller

    @MidwestGolfFan @Chip I never knew immodesty was a sin - not that she is being immodest - there is nothing in those photos which are lewd or salacious, nor to my knowledge is she being exploitive (she was not paid any significant amounts to participate). Further, she gives her time and energy to support her religion and beliefs - which is probably alot more than 90% of the people who sit in pews on Sunday. I would take immodesty over being a prude any day of the week. The only thing that Pastor did was deprive his youth group of a positive role model - one who has worked her tail off to be one of the best tennis players in the world while at the same time has the desire and will to give back to her church. That Pastor and you should be ashamed of yourselves.

    19dogfather51
    19dogfather51

    @PastorBurt @6marK6 Just guessing here, because the internets free us all to be whatever we want, but perhaps an actual priest might know how to spell "Pilate?"