CBCP urges faith­ful to dress prop­erly dur­ing hot sum­mer months

Manila Bulletin - - News - By LES­LIE ANN G. AQUINO

The hot sum­mer sea­son nor the El Niño is not an ex­cuse for the faith­ful not to fol­low the proper dress code in church, said an of­fi­cial of the Catholic Bish­ops’ Con­fer­ence of the Philip­pines. (CBCP)

“The re­quired cloth­ing for at­tend­ing masses and other church ser­vices does not go with the chang­ing of sea­sons,” said Fr. Jerome Se­cil­lano, ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary of the CBCP Per­ma­nent Com­mit­tee on Public Af­fairs.

“Even if we are in the sum­mer sea­son pro­pri­ety re­quires church-go­ers to be de­cently clothed,” added Se­cil­lano.

The CBCP of­fi­cial re­minded the faith­ful that the wear­ing of the ap­pro­pri­ate at­tire in church is a sign of re­spect not only to a holy place but most es­pe­cially to God.

“The whole point of the mat­ter is not to just sim­ply wear your sum­mer at­tire for church ser­vices. It is about re­spect,” said Se­cil­lano.

“Re­mem­ber that ap­pro­pri­ate cloth­ing is an ex­pres­sion of re­spect not only to a holy place like the church but most es­pe­cially to God,” he added.

If the heat is un­bear­able, Se­cil­lano said, the faith­ful may opt to set­tle for light-colored clothes or those made of thin ma­te­ri­als.

“To help them, churches should also per­haps in­stall more elec­tric fans,” he said.

To note, the Min­istry for Li­tur­gi­cal Af­fairs of the Arch­dio­cese of Manila in 2007 is­sued a guide­line urg­ing the faith­ful to dress prop­erly when they go to church or at­tend Mass as a sign of re­spect to the sanc­tity of the house of God.

In the said guide­lines male Catholics are en­cour­aged to wear long-sleeved polo shirts, col­lared shirts, or t-shirts paired with ei­ther slacks or jeans. Women, on the other hand, are asked to wear dresses, long gowns, or col­lared blouses.

Cor­po­rate at­tire and school uni­forms are also al­lowed in­side churches.

Male Catholics, how­ever, are dis­cour­aged from wear­ing caps, bas­ket­ball jer­seys, tank tops or jer­sey shorts and shorts while women are urged not to wear spaghet­tis­trap tops or tank tops, short skirts, skimpy shorts or sleeve­less shirts with plung­ing neck­lines dur­ing Mass.

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