Archbishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago

Archbishop José Guadalupe Martin Rabago is inducted into the Hall of Honor for having the courage to stand up for modesty and insist that his parishioners dress appropriately at Mass. We are reminded of the statement of St. John Chrysostom in his Homilies on the Gospel of Matthew, written 1600 years ago, but even more pertinent for today: You carry your snare everywhere and spread your nets in all places. You allege that you never invited others to sin. You did not, indeed, by your words, but you have done so by your dress and your deportment. … When you have made another sin in his heart, how can you be innocent? Tell me, whom does this world condemn? Whom do judges punish? Those who drink poison or those who prepare it and administer the fatal potion? You have prepared the abominable cup, you have given the death dealing drink, and you are more criminal than are those who poison the body; you murder not the body but the soul. And it is not to enemies you do this, nor are you urged on by any imaginary necessity, nor provoked by injury, but you do so out of foolish vanity and pride. Here is the story about the Archbishop: Mexico City (CNA) – The Archbishop of León, Mexico, is calling on Catholics to dress modestly at Mass. If you have any respect for this place (a church), dress appropriately, Archbishop José Guadalupe Martin Rabago told reporters after Mass on July 24. Criticism of the archbishop’s comments came after local newspapers featured photos of posters at some parishes in León that said, Respect God’s house. Don’t come dressed like this. The posters said women should not come to church dressed in miniskirts, sleeveless shirts, or low-cut blouses. According to the newspaper Correo, the archbishop said women ought to know what they should wear and when. They know that for a wedding or a quinceañera they should dress one way, and for a trip to the beach they should dress another. The archbishop said men need to dress appropriately at Mass as well. Some men show up at church dressed in way that is undignified, wearing shorts or sandals. The place they are in requires something else, he said. Archbishop Martin Rabago said the media should not focus exclusively on what the Catholic Church says about how people should dress, as many evangelical churches require their congregations to come to church in a suit and tie. He dismissed charges that his comments were misogynistic. This is not a misogynist attitude of any sort, he said. I am simply asking for the dignity and decorum that this place calls for, that is all.

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