There has been some debate recently (again) regarding the wearing of the mantilla. Mary O'Regan of
The Path Less Taken has a sound and well reasoned post on the subject as does Dorothy B of
An Honour and a Responsibility, Annie of the Arundel & Brighton blog and Joe Shaw of LMS Chairman. - so I feel quite safe at throwing my two penn'orth into the ring.
I think that all of the bloggers who have commented so far have been at pains to point out that there is no obsessive disorder involved here; if women wish to go to Mass bare headed, sobeit. That is their decision.
So, I would like to take you back in time, not so very long ago, maybe seventy or eighty years or so.
To the age when both men and women wore hats as part of their everyday headwear.
No male over the age of ten would have walked the streets without a cap of some kind on their head and every female from pram stage onwards would have done likewise.
|Off to Mass? Where's your hat Albert?|
So what happened when the Catholics among them entered a church?
Well, of course, the men would remove their hats and the women would keep them on; it was the custom, the culture, if you like.
And today, the custom has not changed for men; we still remove our knotted handkerchiefs, bowlers or derbys when we enter where God Himself is present.
Would it cause dissent if I strolled in wearing a rather natty (if frayed) Panama? I rather think so.