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"May a layman wear a hat, cap, or any other head covering in church while attending Mass?"

 

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Lay men should NOT have their heads covered in church (generally speaking). Women SHOULD have their heads covered in church. For a scriptural reference (e.g. 1 Cor. 11:3-16, which reads, in part, "Any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered brings shame upon his head. But any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled brings shame upon her head"), please see the page here under "Proper Dress For Church"

[Note: It is said 'generally speaking' above in case there is some legitimate health or safety reason or "approved mores of the people or peculiar circumstances of things determine otherwise" (1917 Code of Canon Law). To inquire about such cases, consult a good priest.]


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