Friday, June 13, 2008

Bishop Addresses Dress for Mass

06/11/2008 Manilla, Philippines

A Catholic bishop on Wednesday said that "freedom of expression" should not be used as an excuse for some churchgoers who continue to ignore a "dress code" inside the church.

Davao archbishop Fernando Capalla said it is foolish to invoke personal freedom in the choice of dress for liturgical functions.

..."I am only supporting what the home, the school, and social and civic institutions are supposed to be doing on this matter," he added.

Capalla said that in the celebration of the Eucharist, which the Church considers a solemn occasion, churchgoers are required to be in their decent attire.

Complete article here.

Article found through
"The Voice of the Catholic Lay Faithful"


deb said...

Hooray! I am glad that the bishop had the courage to make this statement. I am surprised at the attire that some wear to mass.

Anonymous said...

Personally, I think that the dress code should be posted in the vestibule of every church. Cover the cleavage, wear something to the knee. Usually I'm a rough-and-tumble, live-and-let-live type, but even I get offended when I can see a butterfly tattoo on a woman's boob at Easter mass. What the heck are such people THINKING?

Claire said...

Anonymous, thank you for your thoughts. While I agree with your opinion, I would ask that in the future you please refrain from quite such descriptive language and/or slang. I want to keep this blog rated "G". ;)

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Yeah! We need more bishops & priests to speak out about this issue! I posted the link on my blog too :o)