Head coverings at mass
In response to Heather's question about head coverings:
When all else fails, go to EWTN.
The short answer: This was canonically obligatory under the 1917 Code (although even there exception was allowed for particular, or cultural, circumstances), but the obligation was dropped in the 1983 Code, and hence no longer applies. Since it does not reflect the eternal moral law, but only upholds a particular cultural expression of that law, it stands to reason that when the culture undergoes a significant shift, the rule can shift with it. The practice certainly continues, especially in places which have not undergone such a radical cultural shift as has the West, and this is certainly an honorable practice, but it can no longer be considered obligatory. It would seem illegitimate for any parish to refuse communion on the basis of it.
I mean, really, if you're going to give communion to a baby-killer, you really ought to cut some slack to a poor woman without a head covering.
# posted by Jamie : 7:57 AM