I am almost 50 years old, and I have gone to mass in at least 3 countries, sometimes daily. Do you realize that in all my time, I have never, not once, ever, heard a priest of any of my parishes so much as MENTION the word “modesty”!
I have seen people dressed IN SHORTS, and have, myself, dressed (years ago) in them in a Church folk group. Most of us did, at that church. I once saw, here in Mexico, a lady with an embroidered outfit, which was apparently supposed to be worn over something. She wasn’t wearing anything except the embroidery! You could see her underwear, and I don’t mean see-through. I mean you could see her underwear straight out. Here, in Mexico, we have probably even more trouble with modesty even than we did in the US, and we had a lot of problems, there.
I’ve seen people in very short shorts assisting as women altar servers for the mass! The other day, here in Mexico, we had a child helping as an altar server with communion, also in very short shorts. I said something to the father, and he said she was just a child. I tried to get him to understand that we really shouldn’t be wearing short shorts to mass.
This same “child” which, I think, is old enough to receive communion also brings water and drinks is much of the mass, walks around all over the church, acts like a small child in every way, except serving at the altar, talks a lot in church.
Back to the modesty issue, we have people coming in REALLY tight clothing, miniskirts, very low plunging necklines, see-through outfits. I know, at some point, the priest needs to step in, but like Fatima said, the parents, priests, and people who are supposed to step in and say something, aren’t.
In the US, we’ve had some people in very short shorts come for the Blessed Sacrament and more.
I’ve heard of churches, and been to them, where virtually almost all parishioners wear shorts to mass.
Now, I realize people think it’s out of line to mention modesty, but MANY saints did. Do a Google if you don’t believe me, and you can see for yourself! In fact, I have read some accounts of hell, one by I think a saint, who insisted she had talked to a person who was in** HELL** for the way she dressed! How was she dressed? She was only dressed in the fashion of that time!
Keep in mind Our Lady of Fatima warned that there would be fashions that would come which would be very offensive to God. She said that God does NOT change.
We have an epidemic of sexual sin. One of the first lines of defense is modesty. St. John Bosco suggested that priests talk frequently about its virtues. I hope some priests will listen to his, and the numerous other saints’ advice and not think modesty is only a thing of the past and remain silent on this issue.