A religion is a synthetic tribe. But progressives hate tribalism, so Christians have piously stopped being tribal.
Head covering is thinly veiled patriarchy
Retro is in, and I’m all for it, if by “retro” you mean “Mad Men,” midcentury modern furniture and martinis. But mantillas? That’s one fashion trend this vintage-loving girl is skipping. Although I adore the styles of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, I definitely prefer a more 21st-century attitude toward women.Tribalism is making its way back into the Church, and if history is any guide, those who split for the modern tribe will not be in the Church within a generation or two.
If traditionalist Catholic blogs are to be believed, veil wearing in church is making a comeback. The biggest supporters? Young women, who see it as a countercultural sign of their devotion to the church. A recent Facebook photo of a young woman, hands folded in prayer and head topped by a lace veil, garnered dozens of “likes” and comments gushing about how it’s an “amazing way to express our faith” and “honor the Blessed Mother,” as well as an antidote to “immodest dressing.”
Other websites supporting a return to head covering for women note that it’s a privilege, not a sign of submission, since the only other “covered” things at Mass are clergy, the tabernacle and the chalice. That’s a stretch. Most supporters cite 1 Corinthians 11:5-6, which says that “any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled disgraces her head ... she should wear a veil.”
...Unfortunately, most traditionalists calling for a return to veil wearing believe in complementarity, that women and men’s differences complement one another. This justifies separate roles, usually men as leaders and women as followers, thus the emphasis on submission, humility and modesty as virtues for women.
I’m all for submitting to God, and for the virtues of humility and modesty -- for men and women. Any implication that it’s just for women belongs in the past, with all those lace veils.
Also, the Church can smash feminism with a bit of fabric.