|No matter how handsome the hat, it should |
not be worn by men in church. The late Roy Campbell.
But. why then do men not wear a cap, a fedora or trilby at Mass?
Because, in Western Catholic society, the norm is for a male to remove headgear upon entering a house.
It is a mark of respect to the host.
If I, or any of my brothers entered the family home still wearing a school cap or a hat my dear father would immediately challenge such behaviour with the words: "Is thy father a Jew?".
At which point the offending article would be removed with haste.
Now, leaving aside what St Paul had to say on the matter, it is a fact that a woman may enter a home without removing her headgear and not cause offence. Do you see where we are coming to?
The protocol has been set; men do not wear hats in the home. Women may.
In Church, the same applies and, I hate to use this well worn phrase, but.....before Vatican II, all women wore the veil or mantilla to Mass. It was plain good manners.
I am not going to go into the reasons why and the beauty that such humility brings because this post on Catholicism Pure and Simple covers it so very well.
I am also, I suspect, preaching to the converted.
But, if you are not one of the converted, and, provided that you are female, give the matter some serious, mature, non knee jerk reflection - (please).