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In another entry I presented the case of a woman asked by the priest not to wear a chapel veil when coming up to read at Mass.
The mantilla/chapel veil topic always generates lively discussion.
In the Latin Church it was once obligatory under Canon Law for women to ear a head covering in Church (veil or hat). At present it is not obligatory, but there seems to be a slow resurgence of this tradition. My opinion is that it should be revived.
Here is a WDTPRS POLL. You don’t have to be registered to vote. I ask fellow bloggers to help get the word out about this poll so we can have as large a sampling as possible.
As of right now, the votes are trending toward "Yes," meaning women should have to cover their heads in church. Interestingly, though, these "yes" votes are overwhelmingly male: 28% of those responding are men who think head coverings for women should return but be voluntary, while 24% of those responding are men who think head coverings for women should return and be obligatory. As of right now, only 5% of those voting are women who don't think the custom should return, while only 3% of those responding are men who don't think the custom should return.
Full disclosure: I'm one of those who voted, "I am a female and no, this custom should not return." That shouldn't surprise anyone here, but I'd like to expand on it just a little.
I have no problem with individual women deciding they'd like to wear a head covering at Mass as an act of personal piety. But calling for the custom to return on even a voluntary basis means that the Church gets involved, and suggests to women that this is a practice she would like to see them adopt, though she makes no law requiring it. This would have the effect of dividing women into two camps: those who take all of the Church's suggestions very seriously and who adopt the head-covering even if, instead of being helpful to their spiritual growth, it has no such effect; and those who point out that the suggestion and encouragement lacks the force of law and can thus be ignored.
Can anyone doubt that there would soon be strife between these two groups of women? That in some parishes, a woman's reputation would suffer if she did not adopt the head-covering, while in others it would suffer if she did? That while the Church merely suggested and encouraged others would feel free to command and require? (Indeed, some feel free to command and require the head-covering now, when it is clearly not required at all.)
So long as voluntary head-covering for women is considered as an individual pious act no such bickering can long endure, but let the Church say that while women aren't required to they really ought to, and you will see a lot of time and energy wasted on veil-wars and hat-battles. And the last thing we need is something like that.