[quote="lizaanne, post:14, topic:198370"]
Perhaps not this exact story - but the situation is certainly worthy of discussion and the comments already here reflect that.
I don't see a problem with discussing situational topics - it doesn't mean the story that started the discussion is worthy or not. This is, after all, a discussion forum. ;)
Yes this is a discussion forum - I suppose that is why I wondered a bit that you would question my motives for posting in the first place. To your specific questions - - -
Is it wrong for a Catholic girl to cover her head in a mosque?
Nope there is nothing wrong with a girl covering her head in a mosque. It demonstrates respect.
Would/could it cause confusion in the child?
In my opinion, only if the parent instills such confusion.
Is it seen as a rejection of own's own faith to do such a thing?
Of course not. If anything it can be seen as an act of humility in submitting to the wishes of the Church authority placed over this girl at the time. Namely the Catholic School she is attending.
Or as the mother in the story seems to feel, it is "dressing up Muslim" - is that what they were asking her to do?
They were asking her to dress in a manner that was respectful to the place they were entering into. Given some of the dress I have seen on young people, even in Schools and at Sundy mass in this country, it doesn't surprise me that a place of worship would request that a certain level of dress be maintained.
Suppose when entering this place of worship there are others there praying. Inappropriate dress on those entering, could be a distraction, even an insult, to them.
How many times have we had conversations here about "inappropriate" dress at mass, and how distracting it can be.
Should we not offer the same level of respect to others that we expect or at least wish for in our own churches?
Overall I think there is far greater damage done by 1) The mother's attitude of defiance instead of obedience and 2) The unnecessary media attention, than by the simple submission to the request of the school to dress properly.
I'm reminded of a story I heard long ago about two buddist priests walking along. They came to a stream and noticed a woman in fine clothes who obviously was at a loss about how to cross. Now these buddist priests were not suppose to touch a woman, but the older priest picked up the woman, carried her across and put her down on the other side. The younger priest could not get over his shock and about an hour later finally spoke up asking, how could you do such a thing as to touch that woman. The Older priest stopped, looked at his young student and said, "I put the woman down an hour ago, why are you still carrying her?"
If the mother had complied with the Schoold's request, there would be no confusion, not newspaper report, no problem with truancy, no - nothing. The field trip would be over and done with, and everyone would move on to the next thing.
Tempest in a teapot.