Hmm, this can be a very hot-button issue, so tread lightly, all of you.
Is it required for a woman to cover her head in the Pope’s presence? Hmm. Don’t know officially, but let me say that I have never seen a photo of a woman “officially” meeting the Pope, that is, at a private audience, without wearing a black lace veil. I remember when Queen Elizabeth II went to meet him and it was a big deal that she was wearing all black and a veil too. These clothes were described as being the proper an necessary items to meet the Pope. It might have been the first time an English monarch had met the Holy Father since the schism, I can’t remember.
In public of course, regular people come to him as they are, wherever they are. In European churches, I’m pretty certain, the dress code is stricter than here. Some may still require headcoverings, I don’t know.
I want to say that for myself, I would prefer if we could cover our heads at Mass without it being a big deal. I have never done so because I have never once seen any other woman do it on a regular basis. (Once I saw a very old lady from the Philippines who was visiting for Christmas wearing a long black lace veil. Very regal, I thought.)
Instead of arguing about whether or not it’s required, may I suggest people limit their comments to whether or not they simply would like to see the custom return or not? Or your thoughts and feelings about seeing women’s heads covered or not covered? I think this is more what Marie Therese was interested in, if I may presume.
I like the idea, I wish it would return. I wish I could do it without being seen as the local nutcase. :whacky: