I am so appalled at your attitude toward wearing proper, decent, moral clothing to Mass (the “m” in Mass is always capitalized), that you should take a good, long, look into your rotten soul before attending Mass again. If you would wear a suit and tie to a friend’s wedding or funeral, why not wear the same to Sunday Mass?
THE U.S. BUREAU OF PRISONS APPLIES FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS PEOPLE VISITING IMMATES–INAPPROPRIATE/UNAUTHORIZED ATTIRE IS CONSIDERED TO BE; TRANSPARENT CLOTHING ;STRAPLEASS GARMENTS; ANY GARMENT WHICH EXPOSES THE STOMACH OR ANY INTIMATE AREA OF THE BODY, TANK-TOPS; HALTER TOPS, DRESSES, SKIRTS and shorts which are shorter than four in. from the middle of the knee ; garments with obscene logos; LOW-CUT BLOUSES; OBVIOUS LACK OF UNDERGARMENTS–WHEN YOU RECEIVED HOLY COMMUNION LAST SUNDAY DID YOU MEET THE PRISON DECENCY CODE.
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I agree with the spagetti straps, halter tops with bare backs, but I was intriqued about women in skirts vs. pants. I had to research when pants were fashionable for men and women. It is quite interesting one should do some research on the subject. Skirts mentioned in the bible were addressed to the men! But, the translations could mean….? Then men in tights that didn’t even cover their groins and then as fashion dictated their groins were covered by the trousers. At the end of the Victorian Era women had had enough of corsets, slips, etc. and tried bloomers but didn’t really catch on. From what I see it was WWI and Rosie the Riveter in WWII that really changed the fashion industry–rightly so with the work they did for us. So is skirts on women a biblical thing? fashion thing? pharisee thing? Preference from your upbringing? Am I truly unholy should I wear pants and tennis shoes to church? Is my heart in the wrong place because I do not view skirts as you? Would I truly be judged if I visited your church while on vacation and wore jeans with a simple top? I applued the Monsiger but until the Bishops of the USA set some standards one must be careful not to overjudge as we are to be united as one. It is already difficult enough visiting other parishes where you kneal -don’t kneal, hold hands-don’t hold hands, geneuflect vs bow. Love should be our guide and holy will follow.
I agree with Cindy. We should dress modestly and in the best clothing we can on Sundays. More casual, but modest clothing, can be worn at weekday Masses. One does not have to have a lot of money to dress nicely. Well-fitting clothing from a second-hand store, or home sewn clothing, can be far classier, attractive and modest than expensive ill-fitting and immodest clothing. Ladies do not have to wear ther skirts or dresses down to their ankles, but they should be at least below the knee, and cleavage should not be showing above blouses or dresses. Men need to see that their trousers fit well enough that their underwear does not show. I once saw a middle-aged man with jearns on that were so loose that his undergarments were showing. It is neither attractive or modest. We need to look into a mirror, front and back, and make sure our clothing fits properly and is attractive but not too tight, etc.