As a male, I mean. Could I enter the church and take my place in a pew wearing, let us say, a pretty natty fedora?
|OK in the Synagogue but not in a Catholic church|
that's the custom you see?
Would anyone notice? I think that they would...a man wearing a hat in church would stick out like, well, a man wearing a hat in church!
Would people be scandalised? I would hope so. It is our culture, unlike that of the Jew, Muslim, Sikh or Hindu, for men to go bareheaded at Mass; in church, at all times.
It would be grossly wrong and offensive to do such a thing. As a boy at home I was not allowed to even enter the home wearing my school cap.
"Is thy father a Jew?" was the usual challenge from my Pa and, of course, I would remove the offending article pretty damn quick.
I believe that few men would enter a home with their hat still on. It is not just in church that this rule applies, our culture extends into the home situation as well.
And when men who are wearing a hat meet a priest or a woman, what should they do? Well they should take it off as a mark of respect, they should doff it to use a quaint old word.
Now, when a woman enters a church, how should she be dressed as regards to headwear?
What does our culture say in this situation?