Below is the modesty Dress Code enforced for entry into Saint Peter's Basilica.
The dress code forbids:
- hats for lay men inside the basilica
- shorts/skirts above the knees
- sleeveless shirts
- shirts exposing the navel
- shirts for women that expose cleavage
- shirts which contain profanity
- excessive jewelry
- The use of mobile phones is also prohibited, as is smoking.
The sad thing is that people (especially mothers) used to have a cultured sense of decency. Nowadays this has been lost so that grown men and women see nothing wrong with entering a church half clad. The solution is not to judge and shame others but to bring about a re-education on what is modest and appropriate.
It ain't about false modesty. It ain't about expensive clothing. It ain't about good taste or lack thereof. It is about humble modesty which shows both respect and a willingness to let the attention focus upon the Lord and not upon yourself. Some of you will try to make me out a snob or a prude or even a high brow (who me?) but I say your matter of dress should reflect the attitude of the heart. Trouble is, it usually does -- in the wrong way. The Church is the one place where if you got or not, don't flaunt it. 'Nuff said....