What Does Scripture Say?
I started this article about a year ago, it's time to post it...
1 Corinthians 11:1-16
1 Be ye followers of me, as I also am of Christ.
2 Now I praise you, brethren, that in all things you are mindful of me: and keep my ordinances as I have delivered them to you.
3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
4 Every man praying or prophesying with his head covered, disgraceth his head.
5 But every woman praying or prophesying with her head not covered, disgraceth her head: for it is all one as if she were shaven.
6 For if a woman be not covered, let her be shorn. But if it be a shame to a woman to be shorn or made bald, let her cover her head.
7 The man indeed ought not to cover his head, because he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of the man.
8 For the man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man.
9 For the man was not created for the woman, but the woman for the man.
10 Therefore ought the woman to have a power over her head, because of the angels.
11 But yet neither is the man without the woman, nor the woman without the man, in the Lord.
12 For as the woman is of the man, so also is the man by the woman: but all things of God.
13 You yourselves judge: doth it become a woman, to pray unto God uncovered?
14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that a man indeed, if he nourish his hair, it is a shame unto him?
15 But if a woman nourish her hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering.
16 But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor the church of God.
So often we see people trying to rationalize this direct command as recorded by St. Paul in Scripture, but when you come right down to it, that's all you have is rationalization to justify women not covering their heads in church! Sadly, even most Catholic women do not cover their heads except where the Traditional Latin Mass is celebrated, where it is the norm for women to cover their heads. I'm not sure why this practice was stopped, but since it is a scriptural command, I encourage ALL Catholic women to return to the practice at ALL Masses they participate in.
Many will argue that "hair is the natural covering," and even point to other parts of this passage which mentions nature and hair - but as we see in verse 6, hair is contrasted by some OTHER covering.
At TurretinFan's blog (Protestant), I responded here:
Well, I had responded there - my response has since been removed. TF and I actually are much in agreement over this subject - so I'm not sure why my posting is no longer there. You can see that some others who responded to TF's article are rationalizing their way out of obedience - or just flatly get angry and obstinate over the topic.
Women covering their heads at church was common among Protestants too, until sometime in the 20th century, when that practice - along with many others - fell by the wayside. Also falling by the wayside, artificial birth control - once abhorred by all Christians, is now reached nearly full acceptance, accept in the Catholic Church. Similarly, abortion was an unquestionable evil, now, in most circles, it is considered a "women's right to choose" - but no one considers the "rights" of the human children which tens of thousands of "moms" choose to terminate (kill/murder) every year. Though some fundamentalists are starting to come around, one Church has remained solidly opposed - the Catholic Church. But I digress.
The fact remains, it is a scriptural mandate, who are we to try and rationalize our way out of submission to this mandate? What right has any of us to get angry over what God has commanded His Church? Do we humbly submit to what God has commanded, or do we choose to do what pleases our selves over what pleases God?
I invite your respectful comments...