Hilde, I’m sorry for snapping at you like that. I misinterpreted the tone of your post. You know how a day walking around on marble can be; and I should’ve waited to respond until I’d had a chance to unwind.
Puzzleannie, vsedriver, and LDNCatholic, thank you for the excellent posts.
Thirddec and Barbkw, you make an excellent point. That’s one of the reasons why I didn’t say anything after Mass. I didn’t know for sure and it really did seem like an innocent mistake. I tried to edit my OP to read “Possible Sacrilege”, but the edit button disappeared from all my posts except the last one. I should’ve checked the Catechism first but was rushing and wanted to get the question out. My bad.
Also, my wife was going by her reaction, not her dress. She dressed in a western manner. Northern Virginia has a large variety of nationalities and cultures, which is one of the reasons we like it here. It’s not that I don’t know about Indians, it’s that I know that familiarity is not expertise. They were one person in front of me, and I didn’t think twice about them, although thinking back, she wasn’t praying or singing along during Mass. It was my wife, who has yet to enter RCIA, who brought it to my attention, and she knows how seriously I take things like that. She was trying to help defend the faith, not cause a scene.
MrTimC, I second the motion.