Msgr. I dress for comfort when I go to mass. I’m there for a reason and it is not to judge the dress of other people. I really do not see the ad hominem in Ed’s reily but I thought it was not supposed to be a judgmental family. It saddens me that there are Catholics that use this type of argument to control and yes this is a form of control. We want you to dress a certain way and next week you’ll act a certain way and then you’ll raise your children the way we want. Shall we tell the congregation what manufacturer of clothes to wear?
Ed, you might be right IF holy Mass was about a one-on-one relationship with God. That’s the reason for the big IF; IT IS NOT. Holy Mass is corporate worship of the Body of Christ. Msgr. If you think that the manner of dress is unimportant, please explain Matthew 22:9 – 14. Keep in mind, this was after the Master had sent his servants out the the highways and bi-ways. I understand that Jesus was teaching a lesson about spiritual preparedness but he used an example easily understandable to the people of every age, that of appropriate attire at an important event. What could possibly be more important than the wedding feast of the Lamb?
They are afraid to offend people, or are afraid they are not politically correct
Yes Ed and when one attends your funeral, I hope they dress in their finest to show that they love and care for you. And if it is raining or hot outside, I hope they wear their finest and not shorts and flip flops. For it all shows what is in the heart. That they really do care for you. So dress is like someone talking to us, though nonverbal, it tells others how much respect they have for the Church, us, Christ. It all does matter, just like you do. If I were to show up at your funeral in flip flops and shorts, chewing gum, pop a beer after the service, I’m comfortable…but what would your family think? That I show little love and little respect for that which is sacred to them, you. So it is with mass. I agree that the Catholic Church in some states is not good at welcoming the stranger. Because of the lack of priests, many churches are very large and people get lost in the crowd. It is everyone’s responsibility to seek out the stranger, an act of mercy it is for Jesus says, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” So become a greeter and make it your vocation to welcome the stranger, it is an honorable thing to do.
Pope said it right early on: think of what you’re doing and Whom you are meeting with
When i realized I would dress up to go to court in order to show respect to someone I may not have any respect for or to try to get a reduced fine, then how much more should I dress up for to the one whom pardon me and who I love
I see all of the items listed on the list above in my church. The good and the bad. I would ask the people how they would dress if their pastor announced that a dignitary like a governor, senator, or president were to visit their church. I would bet that you would see everyone in suits (men) and the women would be in thier finest dress (gowns etc) So why is it that we/they cannot dress appropriately when we go to church to see Our Saviour?! I would think He is a bit more importantt that any earthly king or dignitary correct? Just my 2 cents. Too bad most pastors don’t have the nerve to speak up. Truly sad