From a reader:
Father, I read and answered your poll regarding veiling during Mass. I have been thinking and praying about taking it a step further; to wearing a head covering outside of Mass as well. I have not personally observed laity women do this (outside of the Amish and Mennonite’s). I am curious on your observance ot this? Thank you.
This could be dangerous ground. I can just see it: I say something like “Go ahead and wear a head covering all the time if you want!” and some idiot will claim that Fr. Z thinks women should wear hijabs or burqas.
Of course you know about the WDTPRS POLL about women covering their heads in church.
Look, friend. I think it is great when women wear head coverings in church. It is an old Catholic tradition, it is biblical, it is – in my opinion – pleasing to the eye. It isn’t obligatory, but it’s nice.
I think hats are great, on men and on women alike.
If, for reasons either spiritual or for fashion, you want to wear a head covering when you are not in church, go for it!
Bring hats back into style, I say! Serious hats for all adults! Let hats abound! Hold your head high and put hats on them!
Even the New York Times – which I detest – has said that hats are making a comeback. The New York Times is almost always wrong about anything good, true and beautiful. I hope this is an exception.
And may I use this opportunity to add a complete non sequitur? I think people should refresh their coffee supply by buying it from the Carmelite Monks in Wyoming.