I may be judgmental but I just think the clothes should be suitable for the occasion.
This is coming from a homeschooling mum who loves short-ish skirts and casual clothes and knee high funky socks and bright coloured stockings!
But you know, very short shorts and low cut strappy tops worn to mass just don't do it for me.
You dress for the occasion.
And thus, when I went to the RCIA Rite of Election in a cathedral, did I wear my short skirt and gold flat sandals, as RCIA Coordinator in my parish and as a sponsor for one of the catechumens?
No, I wore a safe black skirt and wedge heels.
The friar with me wore his habit. Of course. ( And thanks be to God for the orthodoxy of these friars. My family is blessed by their example )
So, tell me, why is it that a few priests stood up for their parishes, and for the elect, wearing not clerical dress, not even the white shirt and black trousers worn by many Australian clerics, but in checked shirts, khaki or cream trousers, sandals?
The priests in clerical dress were noticeable by their dress. We knew they were priests before their names were called.
And the others? If I know enough, as a laywoman , to dress appropriately for liturgy in the cathedral, how come these priests do not?
Don't give me that line about clothes not making the man. If clothes don't make the man, the vocation, then why not just wear some form of clerical dress... No time wasted in deciding what to wear, thoughts given to other areas not clothing, and let people know who you are... A priest, before God, at a solemn occasion.
Harangue me if you like for being judgmental but commonsense tells it like it is.... Don't wear your Paris Hilton lookalike party dress to mass...If you are a priest or religious at least wear clerical dress or habit for solemn occasions in the Church.
Dress appropriately for the occasion.