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Dress Code

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 03, 2004

Which pre-Conciliar crypto-Jansenist is so hung-up on the modesty issue as to impose the following restrictions on the assembly?

  • No mini skirts
  • No Short shorts
  • No halter tops or tops with spaghetti straps
  • No tank tops or muscle shirts
  • No improper printing or pictures
  • No bare feet
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    • Posted by: - May. 06, 2004 9:28 PM ET USA

      I am bewildered by the parental nonchalance regarding current fashions which manage to technically "honor" dress codes. Our parish Confirmation liturgy featured female confirmandi dressed like performers from "Sex & the City"-- 13 year olds!

    • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - May. 06, 2004 4:59 PM ET USA

      Girls dress as they do at Mass because they've been thoroughly inculturated -- the culture just hasn't been so rampantly paganized and sexualized as it has been now, so we haven't noticed.

    • Posted by: Gil125 - May. 05, 2004 7:32 PM ET USA

      I totally agree with Diogenes (as usual) in what's implicit in this posting. As a communicant in a suburb of San Francisco I have, you can be sure, seen it all (again except perhaps the bare feet, though 25-cent Japanese zoris are very little better). But this is one thing that has not changed since Vatican II. As a convert, years before VII, I was regularly surprised by the way Catholics dressed (or didn't dress) for Mass. Then, to be sure, priests occasionally mentioned it. Never now

    • Posted by: Sterling - May. 04, 2004 7:19 PM ET USA

      Now, now, now. Aren't you all being a bit harsh? With the priests so busy scolding the one or two communicants who genuflect before receiving Communion, you now want them to say a word to the altar server in flip-flops too?

    • Posted by: - May. 04, 2004 12:22 PM ET USA

      On any Sunday in my parish you can see all of the above except maybe the bare feet. I wish someone would tell the young women who show up in hip huggers that belly flab at eye level is embarrassing. But as for the young women who show up in strapless dresses on Good Friday, with Wiccan tattoos the size of dinner plates on their scapulae, I am not sure they are reachable by ordinary means anyway.

    • Posted by: - May. 04, 2004 1:10 AM ET USA

      The old adage reads that people will believe as they pray (and pray as they believe). Perhaps we can add that people "dress as they believe and believe as they dress." This dress code applies to every traditional Catholic chapel I have ever attended. I would be williing to bet that more healthy vocations to the priesthood come from families who attend Mass abiding by this dress code than those who don't. "Dress for success" when you go to Mass. What a concept!

    • Posted by: - May. 03, 2004 8:41 PM ET USA

      Perhaps we should ask the warden to run some of our bishops’ liturgy councils. We need those rules to stop the veritable circus that parades in our parishes every Sunday.