Maybe he doesn’t want to seem cynical or condescending but he is.
First off, for young children we know alot more about the actual dangers of making them hold their pee. (I’m talking the 2-5 crowd). Yea, you try not to make it a habit…but kids. Also, might I point out that in years past breastfeeding mothers stayed home.
Secondly, heaven help ANYONE–even a Bishop-- who would try and suggest that say, a hoodie, is never appropriate for Mass. When I’m big and huge and heavily pregnant, it’s cold out and nothing fits I’m wearing a freaking hoodie. If someone tried to get smarmy and say “well what would you do if you had to go to a wedding” I probably wouldn’t. Through my college years and into my early working years Mass wear was whatever I was wearing at work that I busted my butt to get to there. During busy season at the bookstore managers were required to stop wearing polos and wear teeshirts with somewhat idiotic slogans on them.
Like Darklight, unless you’re going to claim that anything below a suit and tie is irreverent I’d say 95% of the people I see are dressed incredibly appropriatly. Sometimes kids come in their sports uniforms.
But I’m not shoving my preschooler into a dress or a button up shirt because “reverence”. It’s enough that their clothes are clean. I’d love to see the look on this priest’s face the day I had my 3 week old at Mass at an un-airconditioned church where it was a heat-wave and upwards of 100 degrees. I stripped her down to her disposable diaper. The horror.