June 25, 2007 / 1:46 PM / 13 years ago

Plunging necklines a no-no at masses

Parishioners wearing sleeveless shirts walk past a dress code sign outside a Church in Manila, June 25, 2007.The Catholic Church has issued guidelines on what Filipinos can wear to mass in Manila after some parishioners complained about distracting skimpy attire. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo

MANILA (Reuters) - The Catholic Church has issued guidelines on what Filipinos should wear to mass in Manila after some parishioners complained about distracting skimpy attire.

“This is to remind people that it would be good to come in appropriate clothing because other people are scandalized,” said Peachy Yamsuan of the archdiocese of Manila on Monday.

“It is for the other worshippers who are distracted. You come to the church to pray and if your eyes wander and you see inappropriate clothes, well, it does not add to your spiritual goals.”

The majority of the Philippines’ 87 million people are Catholic and worshippers throng sweltering churches each Sunday, although some devotees attend religious services in air-conditioned malls, giving the ceremony an informal air.

But Manila’s archdiocese has issued posters advising women not to wear short skirts, revealing necklines and spaghetti-strap tops to mass, while men are warned against shorts, caps and basketball jerseys.

Instead, female parishioners are encouraged to wear dresses or long skirts and blouses and men are asked to wear shirts, trousers or jeans.

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