09 July 2014

Five-and-a-Half Years Later, Still True and Unrefuted

"In conclusion, for all of the above reasons, the distinct obligation encapsulated in pre-existing universal liturgical law and immemorial custom iuxta legem that women cover their heads when praying in church remains in effect universally, whenever they attend any sacred function celebrated according to the Ordinary or Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in church."

--the Canon Law conclusion of UCLX, 2008, the reasoning of which you may read here

And read this, too, if you like.


Marc said...

This leads me to two conclusions:

1.) the Timman is lonely with light combox traffic these days,


2.) the Timman is getting us warmed up for another "bombshell" article by the Infamous UCLX. He/she has not said much on this blog lately.

old skool said...

Hmmm...lot of people at the Oratory seem to think veiling is passe. Good read for anyone with an open mind.

Jane Chantal said...

Well, darn it, it was obvious to me post-V2 - as a then-agnostic! - that this whole suddenly-Catholic-women-didn't-need-to-cover-their-heads-in-church thing was a gigantic move toward Protestantizing the laity. The gradual morphing of traditionally-habited nuns into increasingly mannish-looking pantsuit-wearers rather unsettled me too but as a radical feminist, I didn't allow myself to connect the dots to the more general coming-unglued of the Catholic Church.)

And let me further rant that very noticeably to ANYONE who was paying attention - once veiling and hat-wearing were optional, bareheadedness in church seemed rapidly to become de facto mandatory. What we non-Catholics didn't know was that this was because a woman who invariably wore a hat to Mass was increasingly regarded as eccentric, and a woman who wore a veil to Mass would increasingly get dirty looks from her fellow parishioners (and sometimes from Father) all morning.

And let me conclude this exercise in preaching to the choir by shouting that the de facto optionalization of veiling and hat-wearing by women at Mass was, and remains, not only an attack on beauty, but an ATTACK ON WOMANHOOD ITSELF.

I'm shouting because I'm very ashamed that even now, I'm too much of a coward to walk into a Novus Ordo Mass wearing a veil.

Sorry if this has lots of typos...I'm hyperventilating.

X said...

Women bristle at authority and men at responsibility, thus women veil their glory as a sign of submission and men doff their caps as a sign of acceptance and respect. There simply is no debate to be had.

Bsdouglass said...

I'm interested in Akin's take on the male part of that 1917 Canon, myself. So, the Cathedral and all other places where there are signs or ushers to enforce bare-headed men are in the wrong? I'm sure that Fr. Z, et al (as they should) would smack a hat off men who came up to communion with a ball cap on.

Wonder what the difference is?

Anonymous said...

Jane, be encouraged to wear your veil at every Mass you assist in, especially the N.O. Make this little act of love for our Lord the cloth Saint Veronica used to wipe the face of Christ on His way to the cross amidst the taunts and scowls of the crowd. You will get the looks, and perhaps taunts, but this little act of martyrdom can be offered up for the sacrileges that take place during Mass by Faithful and Clergy alike, and you may be the catalyst of good example for other women to find their courage to do likewise.


Jane Chantal said...

Thank you and God bless you, /s :-)

Karen said...

I consider attending the NO in itself is a huge act of martyrdom (for me, anyway). I sit in the back if I am forced to attend and say the Rosary, so wearing a veil just adds a little bit more to the sacrifice by enduring the looks and frowns. If it does influence anyone to also begin veiling then triple bonus!

Also, I am always perplexed as to what to do at the "backslap" of peace. I feel rude not doing the handshake thing but I also feel angry at doing it since it is a moment of frivolity when it should be a time of extreme reverence. Sometimes I just keep my head and eyes down but I guess that, along with the veil, just makes me look more standoffish. What should one do? If anyone has any suggestions, I would appreciate hearing.

Anonymous said...

This is just sad.
I read what Jesus did, who he spent his time with, and what he said, and there is absolutely no doubt where Jesus himself would stand on these "issues."
Reading His words, Jesus was at his angriest when rebuking the Sadducees and Pharisees for their strict ritualism that was devoid of compassion. He dined with prostitutes, tax collectors (thugs), the poor, the disenfranchised, the lame ... he was all about invitation and inclusiveness. He leveled his harshest criticism towards those in leadership positions who were perpetually damning those who weren't following strict Judaic practices that they proscribed to the letter of the law.
"To veil or not to veil" is the most pressing question of your days? The God Almighty who created the Universe, who intimately knows every human that has ever lived and ever will live, who knows time past, present and future - do some people actually think for a nano-second that God living in infinity cares whether someone in a tiny church on a July Sunday in 2014 in a small Midwest town is still carrying on a tradition dating back 500 years or not?

It seems you have turned God into a Pez dispenser, where if you do the 'right thing' like wear a veil, automatically a piece of candy pops out with His appreciation for us? Unfortunately, the 'reward' is far more narcissistic - that the veil wearer can temporarily be wrapped in the warm smugness of feeling superior by condemning others. Yes, 'all who wear veils are pleasing to God, and all who don't are to be looked upon with scorned and damned to the eternal fires of hell.' Sad.

Yet I do think that there is a place in heaven for the goody-two-shoes who follow the rules trying to please their angry God, but I think the rest of heaven is for those who are poor, abused, disenfranchised, disabled, victimized, lonely, and who try to love others to the best of their limited capabilities. Jesus was all about relationship. Sadly, this website is all about taking our omniscient God and forcing him into tiny little Pez dispensers that we can control.

And that is just sad.

Jane Chantal said...

Karen, I also find that the handshaking session usually seems timed for maximum disruption of the process of focusing one's mind on Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. I've visited some parishes where the "greeting" takes place near the very beginning, which is far less distracting - but still irritating because whatever the justification for it may be, it seems superfluous. Anyway, I think your practice of signaling your nonparticipation by looking down seems about as innoffensive as anyone could reasonably wish. If you happen to be at the very end of a pew, you could discreetly leave for a few moments and then return, which might actually be less disruptive to your efforts at concentration than staying put amidst all the commotion.

Anonymous said...

Karen - what Jane says. When we used to go the the N.O., and in the very rare cases when we do now in order to fulfill our obligation, we have found a few successful steps you can take to maximize your avoidance of the happy hugger:

You can sit yourself at the front of church where there is plenty room to the left, right, and back. Most of the Novus Oders sit in the back staging themselves for the mad dash when Mass is over. You're pretty safe in the first three or four pews, but then you have to endure any additional goofiness that happens during Mass.

If that doesn't appeal, then clandestinely place a dash of pepper in your kerchief and rub your nose in it a few minutes before the group hug so you sneeze so much that your nose runs, your eyes water, and you look like heck. No one will want that.

Or simply wear your veil and set the tone. Like a dash of pepper, folks will probably steer clear of you, but you will give good witness and won't have a runny nose over it.

But probably you would be best to sit in the back and do what you do now and look down, but fold your hands in prayer with your eyes closed and thank our Lord for coming to us exceedingly imperfect people. Thank Him for the gift of your love for Him in the Blessed Sacrament, and in your heart amidst the shake rattle and roll, forgive all who have injured you and ask forgiveness from Him for all you have injured. The few moments spent this way will crowd out the goofiness going around you.

I wonder though if the so-called 'Sign of Peace' in the N.O. will ever elevate beyond the back-slappin, toothy silliness it's always been? It's probably a good idea to make your peace with those you need to and go to Confession over it before Mass begins.