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Suitable wedding attire

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 Contents - Mar 2007AD2000 March 2007 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: How we can help young East Timorese - Peter Westmore
WYDSYD08: Salesian provincial urges parishes to sponsor Timorese to World Youth Day 2008 - Peter Westmore
News: The Church Around the World
Sandhurst: Goddess worship at Victorian education conference? - Michael Gilchrist
Formation: Continuing growth of Sydney's Catholic Adult Education Centre - AD2000 Report
Catholicism flourishes in South Korea - Richard Stokes
Leadership: The scandal of Australia's anti-life Catholic politicians - Marcel White
'Professional', a l carte Catholicism and its papier mch schools - Andrew T. Kania
Survey of Catholic teachers
The changing panorama of Victoria's historic 'Rupertswood' - Michael Moore
Catholic religion courses and the challenge of relativism - Audrey English
Letters: Reform needed - T. Kalotas
Letters: Catholic schools - Kevin McBride
Letters: Null and void - Fr. G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Presumption - John H. Cooney
Letters: Suitable wedding attire - Tom and Barbara Phillip
Letters: Modesty of dress - Greg Byrne
Letters: Ten Commandments - Arthur Hartwig
Letters: Abortion counselling - Frank Bellet
Letters: Leadership needed - Anne Lastman
Letters: Human embryos - Rebecca Soares
Letters: Ecumenism? - Peter Davidson
Books: The Glory of These Forty Days, by Fr James Tolhurst - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: LISTEN MY SON: St Benedict for Fathers, by Dwight Longenecker - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
Books: SEEKING THE ABSOLUTE: The Founders of Christian Monasticism - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
Media: The Rosary of the Virgin Mary - 4 DVD or 4 CD set - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
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Reflection: The Holy Trinity - source of true Christian unity - Fr John O'Neill

Further to Bishop Yanta's reminder (December/January AD2000) on suitable attire for Mass, we'd like to suggest the introduction of a dress code for Catholic weddings, which we believe used to exist at one time.

Whilst other cultures and religions have standards of acceptable dress which they require to be observed by visitors to their shrines and holy places, this appears to be the case even in St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne, to judge from a recent press photograph.

When people are participants in religious ceremonies, the present trend to skimpy outfits is a sad aberration from the standards of modesty which ought to be synonymous with anyone professing to be Catholic and presenting themselves for the Sacrament of Marriage within the Catholic Church.

Week after week, brides are pictured in gowns which would be more suited at a nightclub. Whether or not the bride is a professing Catholic, some guidelines are obviously needed. If a Catholic ceremony is planned, the bridal party needs to be aware that whatever attire they have in mind must accord with dignified Christian standards.

TOM & BARBARA PHILLIP
Hamilton, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 20 No 2 (March 2007), p. 15

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