It’s funny, but I just had this discussion with my youngest son yesterday. He is (16) about to be confirmed. At Mass yesterday I asked him to look around at how the adults and the children were dressed. The adults with very few exceptions were well dressed, the children with few exceptions had shorts and “T” shirts, and most of the “T” shirts had writing of some sort. I pointed out that as a confirmed Catholic we were attesting to the fact that he was considered an adult in the eyes of the Church, and that the shorts and “T” shirt he had on were probably not appropriate for an adult to wear. We had a discussion after Mass about it, I explained that if that were the only possible clothing it was better than not going, but definitely not if there was an alternative.
[quote=IrenkaJMJ] [font=Times New Roman]Several years ago, the Holy Father reinstituted a dress code for the churches of Rome, his diocese.
Hmmm. Are you referring to the letter from the 1920’s as several years ago? That is the last I remember, and it did not cover a dress code for Mass or Church, nor did it cover men, but was a dress code for women’s institutions, schools etc. I have been in situations where it was go messy or not go at all, I’d rather upset a fellow Churchgoer than God in that case.
[quote=IrenkaJMJ] I am certain the American people would be rightfully chagrined if the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were to show up in plaid shorts, a tank top and half-laced tennis shoes. It is hard to imagine that he could have a proper interior attitude to the job at hand were he to come to “work” dressed like that.
I am also certain they’d be upset to see a soldier muddy and bloody from a fire fight there, it doesn’t mean it would be disrespectful, perhaps even more appropriate than someone is dress blues and spit shined shoes. My point is not that we should not care about our dress, but that there are other circumstances. Should a poor man or woman not attend Mass because they cannot dress “accordingly”? How about those in combat? Should I not attend Mass because I’m dressed in combat fatigues? What about if I’m going to Mass in between two soccer games (which I often have) and I’m wearing shorts? Should I not go, or should I have not taken my children to the games in the first place? There are many considerations. As I told my son, it’s all right if there is no alternative. The problem is, standing in Church, looking at another man dressed in shorts, is it up to me or God to decide if he’s inappropriate? I’ll worry about myself and pray for him if it’s all right?