The Archbishop of Leon, Mexico is calling on Catholics to dress modestly at Mass. â€œIf you have any respect for this place (a church), dress appropriately,â€ Archbishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago told reporters after Mass on July 24.
Criticism of the archbishopâ€™s comments came after local newspapers featured photos of posters at some parishes in Leon that said, â€œRespect Godâ€™s house. Donâ€™t come dressed like this.â€ The posters said women should not come to church dressed in miniskirts, sleeveless shirts, or low-cut blouses.
According to the newspaper Correo, the archbishop said women ought to know what they should wear and when.
â€œThey know that for a wedding or a quinceanera they should dress one way, and for a trip to the beach they should dress another.â€
The archbishop also said men need to dress appropriately at Mass as well. â€œSome men show up at church dressed in way that is undignified, wearing shorts or sandals. The place they are in requires something else,â€ he said. [more]