The Vicar-General of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos and Episcopal Vicar, Ikeja Regional, Msgr. (Dr.) John Kanebi Asuqou Aniagwu has urged all Catholics to dress decently in church and other places.
Rt. Rev. Msgr. Aniagwu who is also the Parish Priest of St Leo’s Catholic Church, Ikeja, said so at a meeting with the lay faithful during his May 2015 canonical visit to St Catherine’s Catholic Church, Alagbado, Lagos. Responding to questions on indecent dressing in churches, Msgr Aniagwu cautioned that, “A child of God has no reason not to dress properly anywhere, whether in the Church, in the market or at university campus.”
He expressed regrets that parents now dress indecently and encourage their children to do same. “Some parents go to the shops to buy those dresses for their children and even the way the fathers and mothers dress sometimes leave much to be desired,” he observed.
He warned, “We should not tolerate indecent dressing in the church, either for boys or for girls, either for men or for women. It is not only women, even men can dress indecently. Some ‘sag’ …sagging is very stupid. They should never do that coming to church. The women should never wear clothes that expose sensitive parts of their body or dresses that are too short.
There is this thing they call ‘spaghetti’. They should not wear such dresses to church especially when they are coming for marriage. I tell them in my church, if you come for wedding and you are not properly dressed, I will not wed you. If you know you are wearing such, please put on the small jacket that goes along with it. After the mass and you want to go naked, that is your business. But inside the church you must dress properly. The same thing goes for the bridesmaids. If you don’t dress well in my church, the church wardens will not allow you inside the church. You will stay outside.
When you finish you can run mad if you like.” He however cautioned that, “Some people want us to believe that for a woman to wear trouser is indecent dressing. That is not correct. It depends on the kind of trouser. There are trousers that are decent. But the one that is very tight they call leggie is not trousers and should not be worn to church.
If the trouser is a proper trouser that covers well, we do not forbid it here in Lagos Archdiocese. On women covering their head in the church, he explained, “There was once a national regulation that women must cover their head when they go to Church. But I can tell you that in many parts of Nigeria especially here in Lagos, that rule has lapsed and we no longer insist. If a particular woman has a special reason for not covering her head, so be it.”
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